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Chicken lethargic won't move, head down, convulses, happened suddenly

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by llegree, Jul 13, 2011.

  1. llegree

    llegree Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello, this afternoon I found one of our chickens laying down by herself with head down eyes closed, seems limp and lethargic. Happened suddenly. She was fine earlier today. She cannot stand even with help. Doesn't appear to have any fleas, mites, worms that I can see. She convulses once and awhile - the convulsions seem to be coming more frequently and she yelps when she convulses. She is currently laying in a rubbermaid tote with a lawn chair cushion in it for padding. When she convulses she almost reaches the top of the container which is 2 feet high. Crop empty, tail down, wings tucked into side.

    If anyone has any suggestions I sure would appreciate it. Thanks

    1) What type of bird , age and weight. Dominque, 1 year 4 months. 4 pounds
    2) What is the behavior, exactly. Found her laying down by herself with head down eyes closed, seems limp and lethargic. Happened suddenly. She was fine earlier today. She cannot stand even with help. Doesn't appear to have any fleas, mites, worms that I can see. She convulses once and awhile. Crop empty, tail down, wings tucked into side.
    3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms? a couple of hours
    4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms? No
    5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma. No
    6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation. I have no idea
    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all. Gave her water. She drank a little.
    8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc. Normal
    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far? Water only, seperated her from the flock.
    10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet? Treat her myself based on organic practices.
    11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
    12) Describe the housing/bedding in use Straw bedding used
     
  2. msbee

    msbee Out Of The Brooder

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    How's the weather where you are? Hot?
     
  3. llegree

    llegree Out Of The Brooder

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    Overcast sky with breeze. 73 degrees. The rest of the chickens are all fine.
    Thanks
     
  4. Hot2Pot

    Hot2Pot Fox Hollow Rabbitry

    Feb 1, 2010
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    Is her neck crooked?
     
  5. llegree

    llegree Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't think so? She has it between her legs, sometimes her head is tilted to the side after she convulses but if I pick her up she seems lifeless and her head just hangs down.
     
  6. llegree

    llegree Out Of The Brooder

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    Also when her eyes are open they look normal, bright and clear.
     
  7. Hot2Pot

    Hot2Pot Fox Hollow Rabbitry

    Feb 1, 2010
    West TN
    Might possibly be wry neck, which causes neurological symptoms. I would try treating her for it, as it couldn't hurt even if she doesn't have it. So she needs vitamin e, polyvisol chilren's vitamins. Caused by deficiency of vits and minerals, if that is what she has. Good luck.
     
  8. llegree

    llegree Out Of The Brooder

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    She died. [​IMG]
     
  9. Hot2Pot

    Hot2Pot Fox Hollow Rabbitry

    Feb 1, 2010
    West TN
    I am so sorry, it does come on fairly quickly. You might want to consider adding vitamins and minerals to your flock's diet. I lost several to this problem. Sometimes you can save them, if you notice it early enough. On the plus side , if that was her problem, it is not contagious . It never gets much easier to lose one, sorry.
     
  10. msbee

    msbee Out Of The Brooder

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    so sorry about your dear one. [​IMG]

    We lost one of ours a couple weeks ago due to heat. It's not easy. [​IMG]
     

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