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Help: White poop, leg weakness followed by death withing 1-2 days

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Lari, Oct 17, 2012.

  1. Lari

    Lari In the Brooder

    Dec 25, 2010
    Southern California
    I have been breeding this beautiful flock of Asils (Kulangi Type) and started with a few eggs from Iran and slowly improving their quality. I had some amazing 36-38" tall roosters, and about 24 chicks that I hatched this year. They are all kept in a nice area in southern california in a very clean environment. About two months ago, my two largest roosters became suddenly exremely week, and dropped dead with 1-2 days. I noticed their poop was white (like a chalk). Then the same leg weakness and death pattern continued to some of my 3 month old chicks. It affects the largest animals more than the little ones and the male to female ratio is 3:1. The other chickens all look healthy and playful and have no signs or symptos yet.
    All I am noticing is white poop for a few days, leg weakness and limping followed by leg paralysis, despite good appetite all the way to the end, followed by death. So far I have lost about 8 of my animals. Two of my most beautiful stags have stopped walking, and lay on the ground, but continue eating and drinking plenty. There is no major diarrhea, no respiratory distress.
    I have prepared a styrofoam box to ship the next dead stag to UCDAVIS lab to autopsy. Any idea what might be going on? Have you ever seen anything like that before?

  2. FlyHigher

    FlyHigher Chirping

    Jul 15, 2012
    Based on this article POULTRY DISEASE DIAGNOSIS BASED ON SYMPTOMS(Mississippi State University), there're several factors that can cause leg paralysis:

    Bacterial - Botulism
    Functional - Epidemic tremors
    Management - acute lack of water
    Management - heat stoke
    Nutritional - Nutritional deficency-vitamin E
    Poisoning - Algae poisoning
    Poisoning - yellow jasmine poisoning
    viral - Marek's disease(MD)
    Maybe you can do some research on them as a start. Good luck!
  3. Lari

    Lari In the Brooder

    Dec 25, 2010
    Southern California
    It was Marek's. It killed about 80% of my flock, mostly stags in the 3-9 month age category. The male to female ratio of diseased birds was 2:1. The survivors are all 9 months or older females.
    Thanks for your suggestions.
  4. Lari

    Lari In the Brooder

    Dec 25, 2010
    Southern California
    There is a lot of talk about treatments for Marek's Disease. I even used Valtrex (an antiviral medication) and it did not make any difference. The only remedy that improved the symptoms temporarily was Hypericum (St. John's Worth) which worked as long as used every day. As soon as I stopped it, the animals would die.
  5. JerseyGiantfolk

    JerseyGiantfolk Crowing

    Jan 12, 2012
    There really has been no proof of a "full" treatment, unfortunately. It's good to breed for resistance with the ones that never got sick.
  6. Bangarang64

    Bangarang64 Songster

    Apr 2, 2012
    Lake Okeechobee
    My 6 month old Rooster (Wheaten Marans) just died two days ago with these exact same symptoms. White poop like chalk, very weak in the legs, etc.

    I think Mereks has a certain percentage rate of being genetic so if that was the problem, I guess there was nothing I could have done. I'm seeing some white in the others droppings too, but there is no lethargy or weakness as far as I can tell. My back-up Rooster has me worried though. He has had diarrhea for about two weeks now. Wormier comes in the mail on Monday, but if Mereks is the problem, that won't do anything for him.
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2013

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