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Happy Silkie owner

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by silkietrio, Apr 27, 2016.

  1. silkietrio

    silkietrio New Egg

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    Hi Everyone

    I have learned a lot of info from this wonderful site over the past few months leading up to me purchasing my lovely Trio of Silkies. Thanx for all the valued information everyone!!!

    I finally got my trio 3 weeks ago from a reputable breeder. Sweetie Pie, Honey Bun & Punky Popcorn are Miniature Bearded Silkies, they are cute little balls of flufff, they are adorable and make my heart melt!

    I am feeling rather sad today as there seems to be something wrong with Honey Bun she keeps falling over. Monday she was a bit wobbly, yesterday she would wobble over and try and balance with her wing, today she will run on the grass then topple over and find it difficult to get up. I have read that these symptoms could indicate Mareks Disease but am praying that is not that. She is eating, drinking and poop is fine.

    I don't want to rush to the vet as they may just assume that it is Mareks and put her down. I was wondering if anyone could suggest any other possibilities other than Mareks.

    The cockerel has been a bit active over the weekend, chasing the girls around and trying to stride them, maybe he has been a bit forceful and hurt her.

    PLEASE can anyone offer me any help or advice?
    I could post a video if that will help

    Many thanx
    Lynn
     
  2. chicken4prez

    chicken4prez Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi welcome to BYC! Sorry to hear about your hen. I'm afraid I can't help but here is a VERY helpful site that can hopefully help you. You can also post about your hen is the chickens disease section.

    Here is the site
    http://www.poultrydvm.com
     
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  4. silkietrio

    silkietrio New Egg

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    Thanx for your reply I will try the site you recommended.
    Thanx
    Lynn
     
  5. chicken4prez

    chicken4prez Overrun With Chickens

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    Your welcome Lynn!
     
  6. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Silkies are very prone to head injuries especially if they have vaulted skulls- a peck or bump to the head can cause it. I would advise you check out the Marek's threads and see if her symptoms sound like that. Is it possible she had a stroke?
     
  8. silkietrio

    silkietrio New Egg

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    Thanx for your reply. Don't think that she has hurt her head. She is ok in every way apart from not being able to walk and wobbling over. She started with a being a bit unbalanced and it has gradually got worse. She is bright in herself but can't move around. She can grip my finger and press down on both legs but she can't hold her weight. Holding in there.
     
  9. silkietrio

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    Thanx for your reply. The vet seems to think it is physical rather than viral, maybe a vitamin deficiency, an injury or just a weak chicken and the stress of a new home my be the culprit. Just guessing really. He didn't know much about Mareks , It did cross my mind!!!!! Think that she may have developed some further symptom by now. Hanging in there Thanx
     

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