Drooping wings

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Peckin Around, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. Peckin Around

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    I have a couple of 6 month old barred rock hens about 4 days ago one of them started acting sluggish drooping her wings and a little unstedy, her waddle and cone also were very pale. She ate and drank fine. Last night she ate, but an hour later she was dead. the others are acting ok. Any help would be appreceiated.
     
  2. ChicKat

    ChicKat Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    So sorry for your loss.

    If any other chickens in your flock show similar symptoms, you should isolate that chicken from the flock at once.

    There are a number of chicken diseases unfortunately, that could cause those symptoms.

    If any others were to die, or become gravely ill, check with your local agricultural extension agent to see how you could have a necropsy done. (it is like an autopsy). There are certain procedures that you would need to follow to get the work done.

    This link is to a page where Marek's Disease information is collected. One of the symptoms of this disease is paralysis. It is possible that Marek's was the cause of death for the chicken with drooping wings, however there are a number of neurological problems that can affect chickens.

    at least toward the bottom of the page there is information about necropsy and how to get the specimin prepared and what to do. Investigating what is local to you would probably be most cost effective and you could post back to that site and help build the knowledge base. I hope that you won't need it...but the information is there is you should.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/mareks-disease-fact-site
     

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