Help! Crippled hens!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chickenlover104, Nov 21, 2013.

  1. Chickenlover104

    Chickenlover104 New Egg

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    Hi, my hens have been doing this for a while now. One at a time they slowly lose ability to walk and then they die. I have lost 3 to this and I am about to lose another. She is starting to limp. They do not act sick or show any signs of problems. We took our first hen to the vet who said she either had cancer or a neurological problem. We have tried Epsom salt in warm water but it did not help. These hens are full grown and laying. I was curious if hens can get polio. I would appreciate it if anyone knew what this is or how to cure it. Thanks :(
     
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  4. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    You also may want to look into Marek's Virus. Click on the link at the bottom of my post that says "The big Marek's FAQ, etc".
     
  5. Chickenlover104

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    I don't think it is mareks because they are over a year old.
     
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    I lost a 3 year old to Marek's, which surprised me, so just keep an open mind.

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    I'm blind, lol, I never noticed all of those links in your sig.

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    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Chickens can die of Marek's at any age over 3 weeks . The young ones seem to get paralysis and wasting, and the older ones seem to waste. There are no "always" rules with Marek's . Marek's has no rules, just "most likely"
     
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