chicken having trouble standing and walking

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by flyballgirl, Nov 5, 2013.

  1. flyballgirl

    flyballgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    We have a Polish about two months old. She lives with a frizzle and in the past couple of days the Polish has been having trouble walking and standing up. She lays down a lot but does not seem sick other than that. I am treating for Coccidiosis but don't know if there are other diseases that can cause this behavior. Any help is appreciated.
     
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Do her legs just seem weak, or are they partially paralyzed? Press your finger into the bottom of each foot; usually chickens will react to this by curling their toes and yanking their leg away. I would suspect either a vitamin deficiency or Marek's Disease (do you know whether she was vaccinated for Marek's?). To treat a vitamin deficiency, get some poultry vitamins to put in her water or Polyvisol infant vitamins (without iron) and give 1-2 drops to her per day. There really isn't a treatment for Marek's, though some people have had success using St. Johns Wort/Hypericum. Here is a thread: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/135247/st-johns-wort
     
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Its possible that she has a vitamin deficiency. Vitamin deficiencies, especially vitamin B, can cause trouble walking. Try giving her some vitamins (either special poultry vitamins, or poly vi sol infant vitamins from a supermarket) for a few weeks, and see if that helps. I don't think that it is Coccidiosis, and two months old is a little young for a bird to have Marek's Disease.
     
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