Cramps in chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by pokrima, Oct 5, 2015.

  1. pokrima

    pokrima New Egg

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    I need help with my chickens. They seem to be having cramps.
     
  2. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    Cramps? Chickens? What?
     
  3. littlechicks02

    littlechicks02 Out Of The Brooder

    Could you add some more detail ;)
     
  4. pokrima

    pokrima New Egg

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    Thank you sir,

    A week ago my chickens started greenish droppings and became weak. After a few days one chicken could not move completely with its legs failing to support it. The poor chicken later died and two more have started. Upon further scrutiny, i realised that one hen's feet are cramped and after a short time it managed to stretch the legs and move forward. When chasing it, it fell down several times until it gave up. On the following day i noticed the cock wobbling and dragging its feet while walking. It makes lines with the middle toe on the ground and all this made me to believe that they have cramps.
     
  5. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    It sounds like it could be Marek's Disease.
     
  6. oldhenlikesdogs

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    Does sound like Mareks, or some sort of poisoning.
     
  7. azygous

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    You're right. Insecticide poisoning acts on the central nervous system causing motor difficulties, but death soon follows if that's what is going on with Pokrima's chickens.

    In a case such as this, I advise a necropsy as soon as a death occurs. That will tell our OP exactly what's going on in the flock.
     
  8. oldhenlikesdogs

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    I think botulism causes neurological problems as well, such as moldy feed.
     

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