HELP 15 week old hen can't walk

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by savilcr, Jun 18, 2011.

  1. savilcr

    savilcr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    went to the coop today and one of our young leghorns had dug a 4 inch hole in the ground and was sitting in it on her side, I got close to her and she got up and fell back over like her foot was asleep or something. she would drag her head on the ground and acted like she couldnt walk. I through some feed next to her and i guess it scared her casue she got up and ran off like everything was fine? could it be because of the heat? I have no idea? here is a picture

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    Last edited: Jun 18, 2011
  2. Blue_Myst

    Blue_Myst Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It sounds like you've just caught her dust bathing. Mine do the head dragging motion and then kick their feet in the air before doing the "shuffle." They can sure do some crazy things while bathing!

    If you're certain what you saw wasn't just dust bathing, but something else, watch her carefully. If it's something like Merecks, it'll become evident very quickly. If you see other neurological symptoms like lying on the ground in spasms, banging into things, etc., you'll know you've got something on your hands.

    Here's hoping she's in good health! Keep us posted!
     
  3. savilcr

    savilcr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    dust bathing might be it
     
  4. RhodeIslandRedFan

    RhodeIslandRedFan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agree with dust bathing. They look truly bizarre when enjoying a good dust bath [​IMG]
     

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