EE walking sideways and backwards!

wyochick10

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My almost 2 yr old EE just started this behavior yesterday. But today it is more pronounced. I feed Purina Flock Raiser with OS on the side. She is not currently laying because everyone is molting but is eating and drinking normally. Any ideas?


 

wyochick10

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Could be a neurological issue.
Any chance she got into something toxic...compost pile, petro chemicals?
No compost pile but they do free range during the day so I can’t be 100% sure what she could have gotten into. Is there anything I can do for her? Also wondering if I need to separate her? Don’t want anything to spread to the rest of the flock.
 

LaFleche

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As she seems to be moulting heavily, this could be caused by the pinfeathers on her neck pinching her badly whenever she moves a certain way. The backwards and sidewards motions just an attempt to evade the pinches.

Nevertheless a good vitamin supplement and some additional protein will help her overcome the moult in better condition.
 

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Her walking backward is a neurological sign. It may be because of her molting, but I would be tempted to give her 400 IU softgel of vitamin E daily orally or in a little scrambled egg. Some chick multivitamins for the whole flock would probably be helpful.
 

wyochick10

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Her walking backward is a neurological sign. It may be because of her molting, but I would be tempted to give her 400 IU softgel of vitamin E daily orally or in a little scrambled egg. Some chick multivitamins for the whole flock would probably be helpful.
Sounds good! Thank you. I don’t have VIT E on hand but can give her some Nutri-Drench until I go to the store later today. I have been trying to give extra protein to the whole flock. This has been a hard ugly molt for all of them. Poor girls.
 

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