Chicken with Leg Balance Issues

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by loveourchickens, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. loveourchickens

    loveourchickens New Egg

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    I have 4 chickens (these are the first chickens we've owned, and they are about 11 weeks old. One seems to be injured. She doesn't seem to be sick in that she is eating and drinking heartily, but she seems to be having trouble with her left leg (maybe both, but definitely the left). She loses her balance easily, and when she falls down, she has a hard time getting up. Once she is up, she seems to be able to use her legs to walk, even run a little, but her balance seems to be more forward than it should. When she is eating, she bends at the knees and sits on her haunches rather than standing up. At night she is sleeping alone in the nesting area while the other three chickens are huddled together outside on top of the nesting box area. During the day, they leave her alone, but if they run into her, it knocks her down. I'm wondering what I should do. Thank you for your advice!!.
     
  2. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Welcome to BYC...
    I'm sorry I have to welcome you with bad news. Young chickens are especially susceptible to a diease called Mareks. It often starts with limping on the left leg, sometimes the other, but often the left. It is a progressive diease with no cure. It forms rumors inside the body, pressing on nerves causing the leg issue. They start to waste away until death. it easily spreads to other young birds.
    I can't say 100 percent that is that.. I hope I'm wrong and it's just an injury.... Check it's foot for injury or scabs incase that's the issue. Read up on Mareks so you are familiar with the other symptoms incase you need to know.....
     
  3. loveourchickens

    loveourchickens New Egg

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    Thank you so much for your quick and helpful response! I will do more research, but more importantly, I will separate the sick bird from the flock until I figure this out. So glad I joined BYC and asked.
     

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