Help! Poorly Chicken! even vets don't know what's wrong!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mrbrightside, Jan 2, 2014.

  1. mrbrightside

    mrbrightside New Egg

    Dec 31, 2013
    Hi, my Booted Bantam (Gold Millifleur Sablepoot) is unwell and going down hill.
    It all started a few days back when we noticed one of her eyes were closed. We thought she might have got an infection but after bathing and checking the eye we noticed there wasnt anything wrong and she just had it shut. We also noticed she was hobbling slightly on one leg but didnt think too much to it.
    She then went on another couple of days with the eye still shut but moving around ok but with a slight hobble.

    This morning we found her really bad with both eyes closed an struggling to move around. We took her to the vets but they were unsure what it was. They checked both eyes and all the limbs for injury but the hen wasnt giving anything away.
    She only started laying 1-2 weeks ago and was suppose to have been vaccinated against mareks.

    Can anybody shed any light? The vet has given her some anti inflamitaries but she hasnt improved any yet.

  2. pwand

    pwand Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 10, 2007
    BC Canada
    If she is fluffed up with her eyes closed, she is not feeling good.

    Has she been checked for egg bound. Here is a good link about egg bound and how to check. If she turns out egg bound, give her a calcium tablet. It can help pass the egg.
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2014
  3. mrbrightside

    mrbrightside New Egg

    Dec 31, 2013
    Thanks for your response. She is sort of puffed up as if she was settling to sleep, she initially had one of her eyes but now she has both. I guess she would be due to lay again about now. I need to take her to the vets again tomorrow so I will mention this. Is there anything else it could be?
  4. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

    The trouble with trying to diagnose poultry diseases is that so many of them have the same symptoms, also in order to nail down the diagnosis it is usually necessary to sacrifice the bird and do a post mortem exam. My money is on Mareks disease.

    Good luck.
  5. Joshua G

    Joshua G Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2013
    Hixson, TN
  6. mrbrightside

    mrbrightside New Egg

    Dec 31, 2013
    Thanks for the advice. I am pretty sure it isnt Mareks. She doesnt have a discoloured comb, her legs whilst unstable arent sprayed, her eyes whilst shut arent discoloured or infected and she has been vaccinated against this. She has some anti inflamitaries earlier and looks a lot more comfortable. Shes sat indoors as if she is laying on a nest with both eyes still shut but looks little more comfortable
  7. R.M.Qureshi

    R.M.Qureshi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 20, 2011
    Lahore , Pakistan
    Can you describe her droppings please
  8. mrbrightside

    mrbrightside New Egg

    Dec 31, 2013
    Her droppings are normal, but there was some sort of thin white trail in the brooder we are keeping her in for the time being that appeared today. She has been sat still all day puffed up as if she is on the nest and is wagging her tail slightly as if she is pushing. She is in really bad way now and the vets still cant shead any light.
  9. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

    May 11, 2010
    Did they radiograph her?
  10. ten chicks

    ten chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 9, 2013
    I have not read through all the posts,so if this has been suggested,i apologize.

    Has she been checked for mites/lice/worms? Has Coccidiosis been suggested? Any crop issues,any discharge from vent? Keep her warm,very important. Is she eating/drinking?

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