Difficulty walking

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by lfarris, Oct 5, 2016.

  1. lfarris

    lfarris New Egg

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    I have a silkie who is having trouble walking. It falls forward or off to one side. Also it's feathers look bad but might be molting not sure any suggestions? It did try to eat cracked corn this morning but the other chickens keep attacking it so I seperated it from the others. It can run sort of but falls all over the place
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    I would give it electrolytes with vitamins (such as SaveAChick, Durvet) or other brands in the water. Also feed it some chopped egg, tuna, and plain yogurt in addition to wet chicken feed to build it up in case it has been bullied from food. The vitamins can help if there is a vitamin deficiency. One disease to read about would be Mareks disease which can cause loss of balance, and paralysis in one or both legs or wings. Make sure they are all getting a balanced chicken feed containing 16-20% protein, and not corn or scratch. Chickens during molt need extra protein in the diet, and usually don't feel that well. Mine don't eat as well, so I will give them a little plain yogurt and water mixed into their feed to make it more appealing. Here is some info on Mareks disease:
    https://extension.unh.edu/resources/files/Resource000791_Rep813.pdf
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/the-great-big-giant-mareks-disease-faq
     

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