Chicken Sick & not being able to stand on its feet

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by redgirl, Aug 17, 2014.

  1. redgirl

    redgirl New Egg

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    [​IMG]Hi everyone! I m new here...joined this site cuz my chicken is sick....six months old...today is the 10th day(since 8th august)...its poop was watery green for the first 2 days..was just sitting on the side..not standing on its legs neither eating or drinking...i was just feeding it water...then on some sites i read that it has Clostridium perfringens...so i have been giving it amoxicillin...its poop is thick green & white now (not watery anymore)..still not standing but trying to...plz tell me if i m treating it right..& if my chicken is on the mend?...plz help[​IMG]
     
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  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. Could you describe her legs--are they paralyzed, do the toes curl, are both legs affected? I would wonder if she doesn't have Mareks disease. The disease has many different symptoms depending on which type, but one sided paralysis (either leg or both leg and wing) is very common, as well as trying to balance with wings. I hope it's not Mareks. Here is some reading about it, along with a good link showing pictures:
    http://extension.unh.edu/resources/files/Resource000791_Rep813.pdf
    http://partnersah.vet.cornell.edu/avian-atlas/search/disease/502
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/the-great-big-giant-mareks-disease-faq
     
  3. redgirl

    redgirl New Egg

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    Its moving its legs & toes & wings to try to stand up...
     
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm sorry to say that my first guess would be Marek's Disease. She's right at the vulnerable age to it, and is displaying classic symptoms. Eggcessive has given you some good links on it.
     
  5. redgirl

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    But it has non of the symptoms listed... Nothing is paralyzed...moving its toes & legs & wings
     
  6. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    What made you think that she had clostridium perfringens? I certainly hope it's not Mareks, and just something temporary. I would treat her with poultry vitamins and probiotics in her water, in case of a vitamin B2 deficiency, and to promote healthy intestinal bacteria. Had she ever just sat around on her hocks (elbows) before she became lame? An injury could be a possibility also. Here is a link to read about enteritis from clostridium perfringens for your reading, and below is a good brand of vitamins/probiotics available at many feed stores: http://www.thepoultrysite.com/diseaseinfo/101/necrotic-enteritis

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  7. redgirl

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    Yes she was sitting on her hocks & still does sometimes & tries really hard to stand up.what does it mean?i noticed something recently on its hocks after u told me.attaching the picture...is that an injury?[​IMG]
     
  8. Eggcessive

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    Sitting on the hocks can be symptoms of Mareks disease, or riboflavin (vitamin B2) deficiency, but may also include curled toes. I hope you will keep giving the vitamins and reading the information about Mareks and vitamin deficiencies, and keep us up to date on how she is doing. I would guess that the spot on her hock is from where she is lying down on it a lot--kind of a callous or rough spot. Here is some info on vitamin deficiency:
    http://www.merckmanuals.com/vet/pou..._poultry/vitamin_deficiencies_in_poultry.html
    http://partnersah.vet.cornell.edu/avian-atlas/search/disease/521
     
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  9. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Soft bedding will keep the hocks from getting pressure sores.
     

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