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Help my chicken is acting strange and won't leave her house! Won't eat

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SuburbSpurs, Jan 5, 2014.

  1. My chicken has been stumbling around, running into things and banging her beak on the feeder.
    Here is a video I took of her so you could see how she is acting. I don't know... I am worried she might be blind. What should I do?
     

  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member

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    Can you post a picture? It is possible that she has gone blind from cataracts or maybe from ocular Mareks disease. Did she get a Mareks vaccine? Here are a couple of good links about Mareks with pictures and a link about cataracts. Some cataracts can be from vitamin E deficiency. Look at all 18 pictures in the Cornell site--there are some about eyes:
    http://partnersah.vet.cornell.edu/avian-atlas/search/disease/502
    http://extension.unh.edu/resources/files/Resource000791_Rep813.pdf
    http://www.cvm.ncsu.edu/dphp/phm/documents/CataractsTwoUnrelatedFlocks2004.12.16.pdf
     
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  3. No her eyes don't have cateracts, but I can take a picture.[​IMG]
     
  4. Well, her parents were vaccinated, from the feed store, but she herself isn't. She hasn't show symptoms of paralysis. Are cataracts fatal?
     
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    Here one eye looks like the pupil is very dilated which is abnormal. Are her pupils equal? You can shine a flashlight into them to see if the pupil gets smaller or reacts to light. Cataracts shouldn't be fatal, but cataracts cause the eye to become cloudy, so I don't think that is the problem. I would also put her into a large crate with food and water, and show her where to find them without stumbling into other things. She should eventually learn her way around.
     
  6. Eggcessive

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    When you read the links, there are 4 types of Mareks--one type only affects the eye.
     
  7. Her eyes are normal the camera had a light on it, not a flash but a red light. She is inside with me in a little pen, she is getting food and water by herself, messily but at least she is getting it.
     

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