Chicken staggering, sitting on haunches

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Wfpendragon, Jun 29, 2016.

  1. Wfpendragon

    Wfpendragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey all, our 8 week old Ameraucana seems to be suddenly having trouble standing for long periods of time, and he/she has started sitting on its haunches a lot. (it has always done this occasionally, but today it's particularly bad.) He/she still eats and drinks and even walks some, but can't seem to stand for very long without sitting again. I've been reading up on Marek's disease and I'm a bit scared, as the chick has been around our older pullets who are 16 weeks old. None of them are showing symptoms but I am almost wondering if I should buy some vaccine and give it to them just to be safe. What do y'all think might be wrong with our chick?
     
  2. chickengr

    chickengr Overrun With Chickens

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    I would try electrolytes and vitamins first.
     
  3. Wfpendragon

    Wfpendragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I mixed up a batch of electrolyte/vitamin solution and gave it to my chick and he/she seems to be slightly better. Not sitting on hocks quite as much. :)
     
  4. Chickensfan

    Chickensfan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try giving her wet food.
     
  5. Wfpendragon

    Wfpendragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He's still hock sitting and today had some bloody cecal poop. Put him on Corid and have been feeding scrambled egg and wet crumble.
     
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  6. Chickensfan

    Chickensfan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    good.
     
  7. Wfpendragon

    Wfpendragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    update: he recovered and was fine for 3 weeks, then just yesterday he plummeted and I was unable to nurse him back to health... after research I believe it was Marek's which worries me. He was eating a lot but not gaining weight and got really skinny. At the end he couldn't stand and died within an hour. Rip Xerxes:(
     
  8. mustang56

    mustang56 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    IF it was coccidiosis... you might want to treat your 8 week old babies that were sharing a home with the one that past away...
    The bloody stool sounds like cocci ....
     
  9. mustang56

    mustang56 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    by the way so sorry for your loss... =(
     
  10. chickengr

    chickengr Overrun With Chickens

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    sorry for your loss.

    with chickens it could be anything. many diseases have the same symptoms.
     

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