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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by GeorgiaBird, Apr 19, 2016.

  1. GeorgiaBird

    GeorgiaBird Hatching

    Apr 19, 2016
    Hi, from Georgia! Very new at the whole chicken experience, my pen was finished Saturday and by Sunday a woman wanted to give her chickens away so I didn't even get to start with the ones I had planned on going to buy and I even took the sick one the woman had given up on and had put into a cage to die, a little silkie that I have named Hope, doing my homework I think it may be Mareks, but am not sure, one leg seems OK, but the other just stays out to the side she can't even sit up unaided, she stays in a basket in my room with hay nested into it and I hand feed her, do take her out of a day to help her sit in the grass. Any advice on how to help Hope would be greatly appreciated, she very quickly wiggled straight into my heart, such a gentle soul. Thanks in advice and I hope to share with all of you at a later date, but hopefully not much later, that Hope is well and happy.

  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Oh gosh. You may want to put "Mareks" in the search box and read all about it. Even the birds Marek's doesn't kill, will be carriers all their life. It is extremely contagious. Folks generally have a closed farm to deal with it, No new birds in, no chicks or birds sold out to others.
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC. Sounds like you may have unwittingly found yourself if a sticky situation. I hope that you find a solution.

    All the best
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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