Help rule out Mareks please

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by curranchickens, Feb 10, 2014.

  1. curranchickens

    curranchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 2, 2011
    Fredericskburg, VA
    I purchased five chicks from a good breeder. They were one week old when I got them. They are now 6 weeks old. One of the chicks just started having trouble walking. She is dragging her one leg/foot behind her. If I pinch her toe, she yanks it so she feels the foot. She was in the brooder with four other chicks and all are fine. I have 28 birds on the property and all are acting fine. I have vitamins to this chick and she is very perked up. Eating and drinking if I help her get to it. Is it meraks or something else? If it were Mareks then wouldn't some other chicks or chickens have symptoms also? If it were Mareks then would she be able to yank her leg when I pinch her toe? PLEASE HELP!
  2. ChicKat

    ChicKat Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

  3. ten chicks

    ten chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 9, 2013
    first check for a leg injury,either a fracture or a slipped tendon. Can you feel any swelling? To check for a slipped tendon,run your thumb down the back of leg from hock(leg joins body)to shank(scales start)press down while doing this. If tendon has slipped you can feel it,it will feel like a elastic band/loose/springy,press down you can feel it snap back into place. If it does not stay in place(this can happen)then wrap tendon/leg to keep it in place.

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