Could my chick have Marek's disease?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kellygee, Jun 12, 2010.

  1. kellygee

    kellygee New Egg

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    I have two one 6 week old black australorp chicks. Last Sunday afternoon I noticed that one seemed to be limping, or favoring one side. I could find nothing wrong with her. She gradually got worse, and on Thursday I took her over to be checked out by the people I originally got her from. They've raised chickens for years. He gave her a thorough exam and could find nothing wrong; said she looked quite healthy and in great shape otherwise and thought it was probably a muscle injury.

    Today she is much worse - much more unsteady on her feet, falling over, and jerking her head around at times. She's still eating and drinking, although a little while ago she was breathing heavily. I have her separated from the other chick now, and she is contentedly laying on a towel.

    The farm where I got them from assured me that they do not have any Marek's in their flock. They vaccinate their chicks. I have two older birds (4 months) that I got from a hatchery (via a feed store). The older two and younger two have had only minimal interaction (never in the same coop).

    Any ideas what could be wrong with her?
     
  2. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    Sorry, I wish I had an answer.


    How is she doing?

    Could it be some kind of poisoning? moldy feed? What do her droppings look like?
     

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