Hen Can Not Walk!!! I don't know what is wrong!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by hlroudeb, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. hlroudeb

    hlroudeb In the Brooder

    Oct 1, 2008
    I thought she has a leg injury but I think I have ruled this out!

    She can not walk and has gotten worse over the last few days. Now I can't even get her to stand!

    She was standing and then would take a few steps by lose her balance.
    She falls forward.

    Her poop was normal but now it all running and yellow.
    She's eating and drinking a little bit.

    I don't know what to do!

  2. I-Have-Happy-Hens

    I-Have-Happy-Hens Songster

    Jun 16, 2010
    Carrboro, NC
    1) What type of bird , age and weight.
    2) What is the behavior, exactly.
    3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms?
    4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms?
    5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.
    6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.
    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.
    8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.
    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?
    10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?
    11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
    12) Describe the housing/bedding in use
  3. tammye

    tammye Songster

    Mar 22, 2010
    how old is she? if under a year it may be Marke's symptoms which is a viral infection. if she is around a year old or older it may be from a vitamin deficiency which can lead to sudden leg paralysis. if you have ruled out injury, mites/lice ect... try giving her some extra vitamin B 12 and vitamin E in her food. it will take about two weeks for it to work, but if it is from the vitamin def. she will be fine with some care. keep her in a safe place since she can not run . I kept my hen in a dog crate in the mudroom, gave her vitamin B complex powder , a small amount in her favorite treat each day for a week , then every other day for another week, I gave her warm baths to relax her and her legs, she liked it. I put electrlyte solution in her water everyday and got some vitamin E gel caps(human kind) cut open the cap and squeezed a little onto her food every couple of days, don't give the vitamin E everyday it is fat soluable and stays in the body longer. My neh went from not being able to stand/walk to just fine in two weeks and has been fine now for over a year. I now give my hens electrolyte solution twice a week in there water and some vitamin B12 once a month to prevent this from happening again. I learned about this on this forum, it seems to be very common. good luck

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