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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Jastam, May 30, 2016.

  1. Jastam

    Jastam New Egg

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    Hi there,
    I have 3 Hybrid chickens currently. I've had them for about 7 months now
    Gertrude looks really poorly this morning, she didn't come out of the coop, she won't stand and her feet are limp. She is drooped to one side and flat on her belly.
    Yesterday she was totally fine. She didn't lay an egg yesterday but that's the first day in months. The poo looks pretty normal. Her eyes are open and alert and she makes a bit of squeak occasionally.
    Does anyone know what could be wrong with her please?
    They were wormed around 3 months ago
    Any advice would be really appreciated!
    Thanks
    Tam
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Can she lift her neck or move her wings? It can be difficult to diagnose without first examining her poop, feeling for an impacted crop, checking for a stuck egg, looking her over for lice or mites, and checking to see if she will eat or drink.Give her water with electrolytes and make her drink.
    I would suspect that she could be dehydrated, could have eaten something toxic from moldy food, a dead animal (botulism) or other poisons.Botulism causes progressive paralysis of both legs, followed by the wings, and neck. Mareks disease could also be a possibility if she was not vaccinated. Mareks can cause paralysis of one or both legs, wings, or the neck. Feel inside her vent with one finger an inch or two for an egg. Here is some info on botulism and Mareks disease below. Please update us on her condition.
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/diseaseinfo/19/botulism/
    https://extension.unh.edu/resources/files/Resource000791_Rep813.pdf
     

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