Gradual leg paralysis 1yr old hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by psucarrierae, Mar 18, 2017.

  1. psucarrierae

    psucarrierae New Egg

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    Hi, my 1 year old Orpington was a feed store chick I bought on a whim last year, vaccinated for Mareck's, healthy until a week ago when she was limping a bit. Seemed to almost recover a couple days until she was found on her side, unable to stand at all. She has labored breathing, but otherwise is alert and seems normal. Put her in a bird cage to recover and she is eating & drinking a bit, but can't stand. She has been occasionally flapping her wings to move positions. I'm worried this is the end for Queen Orpington. :-( She is fed layer pellets, scratch, table veggie/fruit scraps, free choice egg shell/oyster shell, some dried grubs on occasion. We put apple cider vinegar and probiotics in their water occasionally. I dosed her water with avian vitamin drops & probiotics. None of the other 17 birds I have seen ill. Any other ideas? Help!
     
  2. 0wen

    0wen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would consider Corid. Spring is coccidiosis season and some birds have a reaction to it that looks like paralysis/mareks..

    1/2 tsb per gallon of water for 5 days. You can put it in communal water. No egg withdrawal.
     
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Very few feed store chicks are vaccinated, due to the cost, so did you vaccinate her for Mareks? Limping can be from an injury, and lameness may be from a vitamin or mineral deficiency. I would use poultry vitamins and electrolytes in her water or give Poultry Cell 3 ml orally daily. If she seems to bo downhill quickly, I would get a necropsy done on her by your state vet. You can rule out cocci with a fecal float on some droppings. Sometimes it is hard to diagnose without looking at all possibilities. Check her crop first thing in the morning to make sure it is empty. Give some egg or canned tuna in water, chick feed mixed with water, and a bit of plain yogurt to entice her to eat. Fluids are most important.
     
  4. 0wen

    0wen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any progress or updates? Did she survive? worsen? improve?
     

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