Help! my chicken keeps falling forward!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chicken1793, Sep 2, 2014.

  1. Chicken1793

    Chicken1793 Out Of The Brooder

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    i have a hen that's a couple years old and other wise very healthy laying eggs ect. until one morning i went out and she was laying on the floor of the chicken coop with her legs stretched out behind her, i picked her up and she seemed fine no cuts or scrapes so i set her on the ground and she can stand on her legs but she falls forward, her legs are very strong but she just cant stand up with out me holding her front end up. i had one other hen do this 6 months ago but she was a very VERY elderly hen so i didn't think anything of it until now, i have tried giving this chicken antibiotics and baby vitamins and still nooo improvement. also the day before i found her i put Poultry Nuti-Drench chicken vit. in their water because some of them were loosing feathers, i was wondering if that could have caused it? also i researched this a lot and from what i found it seems to b a vitamin deficiency but i never could find out what vitamins i'm suppose to give her, ill post a video of her tomorrow please help
     
  2. thechxwhisperer

    thechxwhisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She might have a sickness on the bottom of her foot, such as bumblefoot or something else. I don't know much but that could be it.

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  3. Chicken1793

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    ok thank u, i checked the bottom of her feet and their aren't any sores but thank you for the advice i appreciate it
     
  4. Chicken1793

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    chicken still isn't getting any better somebody please help!!!!! :(
     
  5. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I would suspect a neurological condition, maybe Mareks disease or a vitamin deficiency. Poultry Nutri-Drench has most vitamins, except for riboflavin, which can be a common cause of sitting on hocks or curled toe paralysis. There are many other brands of poultry vitamins that do carry riboflavin. Could you post a picture or two of her normal positions? Here are some links to read about Mareks and vitamin deficiency:
    http://extension.unh.edu/resources/files/Resource000791_Rep813.pdf
    http://partnersah.vet.cornell.edu/avian-atlas/search/disease/502
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/the-great-big-giant-mareks-disease-faq
    http://www.merckmanuals.com/vet/pou..._poultry/vitamin_deficiencies_in_poultry.html
     
  6. Chicken1793

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    yes i will post a video of her tomorrow, and ok i had no idea about the riboflavin, i will b checking into that thank u soooo much
     
  7. Chicken1793

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  8. Fuster Cluck

    Fuster Cluck New Egg

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    Poor baby. It's heartbreaking to watch. My layer is doing the same thing. I'll be wishing you much luck and watching this thread as I wait for advice from the other more experienced members here. xx
     
  9. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    It looks like her right leg is stronger than the left, or maybe the left is paralyzed. Her crop looks very large in the video like it has slowed down, and not emptying normally. Is it large and squishy when you feel of the crop? That may not be sour crop, but just a slow crop which can also be a common problem with Mareks and many other conditions. There are many other conditions that can look like Mareks including botulism, which causes paralysis of the legs and wings, eventually causing the neck to be paralyzed. Oddly feathers are easily pulled out with that, but she may also be starting her molt. I'm hoping it's not Mareks.
     
  10. Chicken1793

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    ok thank you so much, her crop is slightly squishy, and her legs seem to b about the same strength and she can actually stand on them on her own as long as i hold her front end up and if i pick her up she moves both her legs as if shes swimming, her eyes are bright and she has been eating and drinking and pooping i will definitely check in to botulism! idk what she could have been poisoned by but they are free range and i have horses and dogs and cats, thank you soo much for the info
     

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