Help diagnosing my Roo....

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by bluedawg, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. bluedawg

    bluedawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He's very lethargic - difficult for him to walk. Problem with legs? His comb and wattles appeared dark maroon at the tips this morning but this afternoon they are back to bright red. He was very ill similarly a while back (maybe a year ago)but it all of a sudden cleared up. Now seams to be back. What could be going on with him? I've attached a video.....
     
  2. Leslieb118

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    Oh wow, poor guy! Have you tried giving him any vitamins? PolyViSol infant drops with NO IRON might help him. He is really off balance. It looks like he's really trying but just can't get it together. My first go to thing is vitamins just in case of a vitamin deficiency. SavAChick or nutridrench also have vitamins and electrolytes in them. That's just to see if it helps perk him up some. If it's a neurological issue or even Mareks, I don't know.

    Have you checked him over real good for lice or mites? They can drain the energy of a chicken as well.

    That's a great, although sad video and hopefully someone can come up with a better idea than I can. I always try to start with the basics because they really can't hurt.
     
  3. bluedawg

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    Yes, I put my glasses on and checked him over (under winds and all) - he looks very clean no bugs in sight. The rest of the flock has never had any issue. He's about 5 years old. I periodically put vitamins & electrolites in their water and they get only Organic feed. I will put some in the water tomorrow to help him fight it off - whatever it might be.
     
  4. Leslieb118

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    I sure wish I knew what to tell you. Maybe someone else will see this soon and be able to help.
     
  5. bluedawg

    bluedawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. I've been reading through this whole post on Mareks and I'm thinking.... well, it could be that. I sure hope not. If it is I hope the rest of my flock remain immune. The way I understand it is all birds are exposed at some point but not all birds get it.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/135247/mareks-disease/50
     
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  6. Leslieb118

    Leslieb118 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's true. I had a roo die from Mareks when he was 10 months old. He didn't show classic symptoms like the paralysis and things like that. He just wasted away to nothing no matter what he ate. I thought he was too old to have Mareks, but I was wrong. I sent him for a necropsy and the results came back Mareks.

    Leadwolf1 has been a tremendous help explaining Mareks to me. She's had a lot of problems with it in her flock. Hopefully she'll see this or maybe you can PM her linking her to this thread so she can check out your video. She may have an opinion on it.
     
  7. leadwolf1

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    That is the absolutely strangest thing I have ever seen. I can be almost certain that it isn't Marek's. A bird of that age, it just isn't seen...not, in that fashion. He appears to be having mild seizures on top of the limping. Have you brought in any other chickens? How about Equine Encephalitis? I would not worry at all about Marek's. There is something else going on with your roo.
     
  8. bluedawg

    bluedawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He's eating and drinking and crowing. I will look up those things you mentioned and see if I can gleen anything. I have never had a chicken die on me and I have raised them for many years and raised several generations with him so I think if it were Mereks I would have seen some deaths too so maybe you are right and it is not that.
     
  9. chickenzoo

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    My computer is running too slow to see video...but could he of ate any moldy food? Could he of gotten attacked and hurt his spine?
     
  10. bluedawg

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    I looked up that Equine Encephalitis and I don't think that's it because he's lived closely with all my hens for years and someone would have caught it.
     

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