cockerel alert but cant walk help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by nettifer, Feb 25, 2014.

  1. nettifer

    nettifer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my 9mth old stunning white leghorn coal, was running around on thursday doing as boys do! then on friday when i let them out ( they free range) he staggered out of the coop, and kept falling on his bum, i put him in a coop alone so as he wouldnt get hurt, i started baby vits and hypercurnian,he was eating and drinking well, then saturday he just lays on his right side with head and chest up, still eating and drinking, started treating them all with abs [​IMG]he is still alert , talking to his girls through the mesh of his coop, even giving warning sounds, its the 4th day of abs, he moves around by moving his legs to push him but keeps on his side, poop is firm, but greenish, im hoping its just an ear inf as some of the others have swollen cheeks [​IMG]and today for the 1st time since thursday he crowed [​IMG]on friday the tips of his comb had turned purple, but they are back red now and yesterday he started shaking his head hoping that means something is moving, he is a weighty bird, can anyone help?
     
  2. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    If he can't walk and acts like nothing is wrong, I would suspect Marek's. Is his breast bone real prominent? Is anyone else having problems? How long have you had him, and how long has it been since you added chicks or chickens that were not hatchery chicks, or hatched by you?
     
  3. nettifer

    nettifer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hi ive not added any new birds for 12mths only ones i hatched myself, he can move his legs to push himself around the coop hes lay on his right side ive tried putting him on his left and he flips back over, he opens and closes his feet and when i pick him up he moves them up and down, hes still eating and its a week today since he went down, he sounds rattly and shakes his head but hes had a course of abs, its strange x
     
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    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    I don't know then. Possible stroke or something toxic? I'm just guessing.
     
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    Just as a side note, Marek's does not always come in on other chickens. It can travel on the wind, wild birds, or on our shoes/clothing.

    Anyhow, here are some ideas to explore:

     
  7. Nambroth

    Nambroth Fud Lady

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    My rooster that died from Marek's had this same reaction. He'd try to stand and would flip himself over. He could still move his toes, but had no real control over his legs. They still moved, just not the way he wanted them to.
    I'm not saying it's Marek's-- see my above post for other things it could be. I just wanted to let you know not to completely dismiss the idea of Marek's. It is a pretty common disease.
     
  8. nettifer

    nettifer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks everyone! well we are on day 9 now he still cant stand or walk,he is still eating and alert, he would lie on his right side but every time i put him on his left ( away from the crop) he would shuffle his legs and flip back over! its been cold at night here so i put him in a polystyrene box with 1 side cut off in his coop, to keep him warm, he now seems to be a little more upright [​IMG] i pick him up every couple of hours to clean his poop away its green and white, when i pick him up his legs starp paddling, he still has some weight on him even though he has lost some,his comb and wattles are still bright red and his eyes are bright, i suspected an ear infection as some still have puffy faces and he was a little rattly so i gave abs, im still giving vits etc, they free range and with the wet weather drink from every where so im not sure but to happen over night with no signs of illness is so wierd [​IMG]
     
  9. nettifer

    nettifer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well im on day 12 now with coal, he is still eating and alert,when i pick him up he paddles his legs but still cant stand or walk [​IMG] his feet are not curled up into balls like in mareks and his comb is still red and eyes bright im still giving hypercurniun and baby vits is it possible it was a stroke? he was a very active boy !
     
  10. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    I had mentioned sprichetosis as a possible cause earlier in a post, but didn't leave any links. It is a disease caused by poultry ticks and can cause paralysis in some chickens. A vet can check for spirochetes in a stool sample. Treatment is antibiotics such as Denagard, tetracycline, Tylan, and penicillin among others. Here is a link: http://www.developmentvet.aun.edu.eg/poultry diseases fourth year/ch1_15.htm
    http://www.merckmanuals.com/vet/poultry/avian_spirochetosis/overview_of_avian_spirochetosis.html
     
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