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Drunken/wobbly bird?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by wendamus, Sep 23, 2012.

  1. wendamus

    wendamus In the Brooder

    Sep 17, 2012
    I've lost a couple of birds for no apparent reason, I just went out to feed and they were toppled over, dead where they'd slept.

    Now I went to put them in the coop, and there's a meat bird that's walking around drunkenly, with a wobbly neck. She's somehow looking like a cross between a snake being charmed out of a bottle and a drunken sailor.

    From my searches, it looks like Mareks or Wry neck. I'm feeding layers crumbles from IFA, which are theoretically nutritionally complete, but what do I know?

    Since it's just a meat bird, I am not going to great lengths to save it - I could just butcher it tonight. But since it's acting weird, I'm not sure whether it's safe to eat or not? I could just gve it to the dogs, but I hate giving them prime, home raised meat.

    The other question is - since these are commercially bought (from IFA and Cal-Ranch) - were they vaccinated? Or not, since they were destined to be meat birds?

    I didn't put the sick bird in the coop with the others. They were free range until tonight, but I got worried about a storm coming in so I cooped them up. I assume they've all been exposed, possibly since I bought them... so is there anything to do to protect the rest? I don't really want to vaccinate them, since they're close to a good age to process. What would you all do? I also especially want to protect my 9 laying hens.



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