Hello from Virginia!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Mrstroj, Feb 23, 2014.

  1. Mrstroj

    Mrstroj New Egg

    Feb 23, 2014
    Found this site and then was recommended this site on several occasions. MUST be good!
    I am new to raising chickens and I currently have 2 Americanus, 1 Black Sexlink, and one Barred rock. Only since January so I am really new!
    Will be searching through some of the many posts. My sexlink went lame 2 days ago. need to find out if this is Mareks how soon after paralysis does death occur. she is eating and drinking and pretty alert. She is also between 8-10 weeks so I know she isn't egg bound.

    Will search around since I know there are several threads in regards to this and other possibilities.

    Thanks for being here for us chicken owners!!
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    She may not have mareks. Put Mareks in the search box and a lot of material should come up.
  3. Mrstroj

    Mrstroj New Egg

    Feb 23, 2014
    Thanks. I have seen all of the other possibilities as well. I hope to get her into a vet this week for some blood work if possible. There is absolutely no improvement in 2 full days.

    Will keep searching and hopefully come up with some ideas.
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop

    Many times you can tell if they have Mareks by looking into the eyes of the bird. If the pupils are out of round, oval or just don't look like the other pupils of the other birds, then Mareks is a good possibility.

    Feel the hocks and foot joints. Are they swollen or warm? Is the bird lame in one leg only? The left leg perhaps? Does the bird sit around on the hocks or crawl on the hocks? A bird that looks relatively healthy and has swollen foot joint and hock in the left foot only, MS is a great possibility. MS is a wicked bacterial infection. I had it sweep thru my flock a few years ago and while it can be treated, the birds are carriers for the rest of their days. And treating the birds is brutal. A vet can take a blood sample to diagnose MS.

    Lameness can also be caused from eating something toxic. Even moldy or rotten feed can cause paralysis.

    Good luck with your baby. I hope she recovers soon. :)
  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
  6. Mrstroj

    Mrstroj New Egg

    Feb 23, 2014
    Thanks for all of the replies. On Friday morning she was up but no weight on the left leg. I picked her up and there was no fight. She hopped into the coop and laid down. No outward signs of injury on the leg or foot. I figured she just hurt it and needed rest. When I came home on Friday evening she had not moved at all. That is when both legs were not working. I put her in a crate and really and honestly thought she was going to die overnight. Saturday morning she was actually perky. Still not able to stand or move but she was looking for me and soft chirping. Against, eating and drinking fine. Her pupils look all right to me.

    I am hoping she has a deficiency and can be fixed. She has not moved in three days. Put her in a warm water soak just to remove the feces from her backside.I just hope I can find a vet who handles chickens so I can have blood drawn. Still too new to know the right dosages and exactly what vitamin to give. Would like to have a doctor make that choice for me. Just don't want to give up on her yet.

    She, of course, is the sweetest of my four. Gee, guess you can't help but care. Killing them is going to be harder than I thought! Leaning process though and I really enjoy my girls!
  7. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright [​IMG] great to have you in the BYC flock [​IMG]
  8. Mrstroj

    Mrstroj New Egg

    Feb 23, 2014
    Thanks for all of the assistance. my girl died overnight very peacefully. She fought a good fight. I did have a vet appointment tonight but I knew it would be too late. I really wanted to go for a learning process. Good news in all of this at least I know of a local vet who will see a chicken. People think I am crazy to take a chicken there, but I will do whatever I can to make them happy and healthy!

    Thanks for being there all. This is a great group!

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