Help, collapse chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by lulu_lulu, Jul 23, 2019.

  1. lulu_lulu

    lulu_lulu In the Brooder

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    Help me, my chicken can't stand on its legs, i ve quarantine it for 2 days but nothing changed. Whenever I try to push it to see if she can already walk or not she always look like losing balance then fell down again.
     

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  2. hispoptart

    hispoptart Crowing

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    Awe the poor thing, how old is she? Is she eating and drinking? What does her poop look like? I'll tag some others who may be able to help.

    @Eggcessive , @Texas Kiki , @aart ,@007Sean
     
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Enabler

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    Sorry to hear about your chicken. How old is your hen? Can she still move her legs when you stand her up? With her symptoms and the way she is lying, Mareks disease should be considered. I would try to prop her upright on towels, or place her in a homemade chicken sling. Try to get her drinking water and eating when she is upright. Wet chicken feed, cooked egg, and tuna are good to feed. Here is a link to read about Mareks and another about chicken slings:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/the-great-big-giant-mareks-disease-faq.66077/

    https://extension.umd.edu/sites/ext...Preventing Mareks Disease in Small Flocks.pdf

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/versions-of-chick-chairs-please.1166308/
     
  4. lulu_lulu

    lulu_lulu In the Brooder

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    Oh ty for the reply, she cant move her leg when i made her stand, she just fell down after a few seconds, and she is just around half year old
     
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  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    6 months?
    How long have you had her and where did you get her?
     
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  6. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki TwatterSpotter

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    Have you brought any new birds home in the last few months?
    Where about do you live?
     
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  7. Eggcessive

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    The reasons for all of the questions, is that if it was Mareks, it takes 3 or more weeks after exposure to have symptoms. If you have added a new bird that might have been a carrier, it could have exposed her. Are you in the US? If you should lose her, or need to put her down eventually, it would be good to get a professional necropsy by a state poultry vet to get a diagnosis.
     
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  8. lulu_lulu

    lulu_lulu In the Brooder

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    i have her since she hatch.

    yes, I added some new chicken about month old in the coop, but I still separate them by fence. I live in indonesia.
     
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  9. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki TwatterSpotter

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    I'm sorry but my guess is you are dealing with Marek's disease.
     
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  10. micstrachan

    micstrachan Free Ranging

    I also suspect Marek’s disease.
     
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