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Help- 4 birds down...one leg paralysis, decline and then death...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by cocosandy, Dec 13, 2009.

  1. cocosandy

    cocosandy Songster

    Jul 14, 2007
    Stamford, CT
    Hi all, I had posted last week about my 2 sick babies and they are both still alive. I am not culling only because I have an ag student coming here from the university extension today and she will take the one dead one and these two up to the vet at UConn to see if I can get necropsy or at least some diagnosis.
    Ive had 3 young birds with this partial paralysis problem. One roo just holds his foot up and forward. Ive been keeping him in a nest box where he is warm and giving food and water. His condition seems stable and he doesnt seem to be becoming more paralyzed. I had one young hen who had a progressive condition, and I was feeding and watering her in a hospital cage with heat and all...I tried vitamins and some antibiotics but she went downhill so I put her down.
    Now I have a young showgirl who presented with a closed eye that seemed to be an injury. I treated that with terramycin and gve her vitamins etc...(but by now Im dosing the entire flock with chicken vits and some E and extra B's....
    She is progressing and I will have to give her to the student who helps me....I have her in a warm tank with food and water. She, unlike the others, has no appetite.

    Now, my turken came up sort of ruffled. she looked rather red (skin) and not good at all....It seemed like she had diarrhea on her butt and was only eating a little. the skin on her stomach was red after she died...she just died overnight in the corner... I have her frozen in a box to go to the vet.

    I have seen a bit of intestinal shedding in the poo, which always worries me, and now a little bit of blood in the poo, so I put corrid in the water to treat for 3 days and see what happens. The bit of blood in the poo is an ongoing problem.
    They free range so they may be getting into something...I dunno...its been awfully cold and they have been just around the yard. They eat organic layer pellets, some gamebird food (I have 2 turkeys and 2 ducks here) and sometimes some chick food if they can get it! The turken was a couple of years old and was a very hardy bird who seemed a little down in the past week, but since its cold everyone is a bit fluffed and huddling.
    I give them fresh veggies and kitchen scraps...they get some cracked corn in the morning and I have given them some dried meal worms that are for wild birds recently (I had them on hand and wanted to use them...I stopped feeding the wild birds because it called the raccoons and rats)

    any suggestions are appreciated.
    Melina in CT

  2. chickflick

    chickflick Crowing

    Mar 10, 2007
    I can't help you but hope this will bump up your thread
  3. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

    Aug 11, 2009
    Taunton, MA
    my computers about to die but i would treat for mereks
  4. chickenannie

    chickenannie Songster

    Nov 19, 2007
    It sounds like you have Marek's disease. The traditional symptom is feet held in front and even back like a hurdler. Google the name and you will get lots of info.

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