Hen can't stand up

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by dlaciv12, Oct 31, 2013.

  1. dlaciv12

    dlaciv12 In the Brooder

    Nov 12, 2008
    Brockton, MA
    I noticed her this morning looking like she couldn't fully extend her legs into a standing or walking position. I just found her in the coop in rough shape. It seems she can raise her tail end but not get her front end up. I tried to bring her in the house but the rooster head her making noise and came running. I came in to write this and now I'll close the hatch and try to get her in. Maybe make a video if that will help.

    Update: Here's a video .
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2013

  2. brooklynbirds18

    brooklynbirds18 Chirping

    Nov 30, 2012
    Awww :( very sad to see that. I never dealt with anything like that but I would google it or take her to a vet if you can. She looks like a very sweet girl, I wish you and her the best.
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    So sory to see your hen like that. She has some sort of neurological condition for sure. Mareks disease is fairly common, and botulism is a diease they can get from eating contaminated material from decayed animals or vegetation. There is a slim possibility that is could be a vitamin deficiency, so I would start her on poultry vitamins today. Keep her food and water within reach. Here is some info:
  4. ten chicks

    ten chicks Songster

    May 9, 2013
    Bring her inside,and look at her legs,any injury? Could she something caught around her legs/feet? I noticed she had yellow runny poop around vent area,is this recent(stress from not being able to get up)or has it been going on awhile? She is stressed,calm her down,make sure she has had water/feed as she has not been able to get any herself.

  5. dlaciv12

    dlaciv12 In the Brooder

    Nov 12, 2008
    Brockton, MA
    Thanks for the links and info everyone. She was unable to get into the coop last night so I had to push her in through the hatch. This morning she got herself up and out of the coop on her own. She's getting around much better today. I'm off to the farm supply for vitamins and I'll report back later.
    Thanks again.
  6. BitByChickenBug

    BitByChickenBug In the Brooder

    Jun 19, 2012
    My Coop
    Can you tell me whatever happened to this hen? I have one that is doing the exact same thing.
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