Help!! Chicken can't stand up...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by rkhubb, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. rkhubb

    rkhubb New Egg

    Jan 29, 2012
    I have a Delware that is about 9 months old. She has been fine unitl a few days ago she was laying on the ground and wouldn't stand up. Initially we thought she had been pecked near to death (we've had problems with that in the past with this flock), but upon closer examination that wasn't the case. She had been being pecked at, and as a result sustained some feather loss on her back and they drew a little blood on her wing, but it was fairly superficial.

    Her symptoms:
    1) When we pciked her up, we could tell that she had lost some weight.
    2) I discovered some chicken lice on her as well. But as we investigated the rest of the flock none of them had lice. regardless we treated all of them and the coop for lice.
    3) She's not able to keep her balance either. She doesn't have paralysis as she is still able to move both legs, but there is an awkward lack of coordination about it. As a result she is only able to lay on her side. She makes attempts at getting upright, but even then only moves her legs back and forth- there is no lateral movement to get her legs under her.
    4) She desn't seem to be getting weaker or better.
    5) She has one eye closed. I've looked at the eye and there doesn't seem to be any damage and it looks normal (color shape, etc.). The area around her eye looks like it make be a little inflamed, but I think this could be from when the other chickens attacked her.

    Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.

  2. Tricorn

    Tricorn Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 15, 2011
    Don't have any real help, just a similar experience. We had a turkey with almost the same symptoms. Never any signs of illness, just so uncoordinated she couldn't walk. Our best guess is some kind of anyrism or stroke.

    Moved her into her in a well bedded stall for over a month, food and water always within reach, and she ended up recovering quite well all. Two months later she could walk, run, and roost with the others but still can't fly. We kept her to raise the poults because she can't fly into the barn rafters and mess everywhere.

    The only suggestion I got was e-coli as a secondary infection to something else. Not really helpful, I know. Hope you can figure out what's wrong with your girl though.
  3. casanchez12

    casanchez12 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 5, 2012
    Help! I am having the same problem w/ my silkie hen. Can't stand only lay on side and move legs. Eats drinks strong. Put in sling alone in bathroom 3 days later still strong and alert but cant stand. moves legs but they don't go in right position to hold her up. Help!
  4. Dmcneal

    Dmcneal New Egg

    Aug 2, 2012
    I was wondering if anyone ever found ot what was wrong. I have 12 7 week chicks and one is 1/2 the size of the rest, can't really stand up, rolls over when it tries, does not have many feathers compared to siblings, but has strong spirit and appetite and normal poop. It has been about a week. I have been supplementing with vitamins. Feathers look better but still not walking. Any ideas?

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