Hen falls over on to back and can't get up.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by 1dude, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. 1dude

    1dude Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 27, 2007
    Pace, Florida
    I have a about 22 week old Buff mix that is having trouble. I first noticed it about 5 days ago that she kind of limped around a bit favoring the left leg. My son said it looked like her head was swollen a bit on one side, but looks normal now. Then I noticed she doesn't flap her left wing and now just roosts on the ground. She still eats and surprisingly the other chickens leave her alone. Well today I found her flat on her back with her legs up in the air, I first though she had died and then seen her head was turned up right. So i went in and picked her and she went on her way. A bit ago the same thing accept she pecked me this time! The coop is completely fenced in so not likely anything got in. I first suspected maybe she got her leg stuck under the edge of the fence and hurt herself trying to get loose. Not really sure whats wrong with her, any ideas?

    I found on a yahoo search that a protein deficiency will cause this to happen and to feed her cat food! Anyone?
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2013
  2. tdgill

    tdgill Overrun With Chickens

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  3. Coupe

    Coupe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2010
    Highland, NY
    I thought they explained what was wrong pretty well!
    Sorry i cant help.. But hopefully someone comes along. All i can add is seperate her from the other birds. Bring her inside, keep her warm.
  4. tdgill

    tdgill Overrun With Chickens

    I'm not saying they didn't explain well.... just trying to help in anyway I can. This is a post from BYC regarding handling requests for help, advice in emergencies. It won't hurt to follow the example. :)
  5. 1dude

    1dude Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 27, 2007
    Pace, Florida
    Oops... I won't post in here again, a bit too hostile for me.
  6. amandaj

    amandaj New Egg

    Feb 5, 2013
    One of my ex battery hens has started this today. She is holding her head twisted upside down. She is very alert but unable to steady herself. Her crop had some food in but not as much as usual. She had a little water when I brought her indoors but didn't want food.
    Can anyone advise me please? I am knew to this forum do apologies in advance if I haven't explained enough.
    Thank you.
  7. amandaj

    amandaj New Egg

    Feb 5, 2013
  8. Heiko27

    Heiko27 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 16, 2011
    I would maybe guess Marek's disease. Here is some info http://partnersah.vet.cornell.edu/avian-atlas/search/disease/502
    They do not necessarily exhibit all symptoms but apparently most birds actually have it as it can lay dormant and comes out if the bird is stressed, but a lot is still not understood. It is also my understanding/experience that vaccinations did not prevent it as it mutates. Can cause cancers too. Look for 'Alambama red leg' markings on leg. My flock has these, but have only lost one, the others are healthy as a horse it seems.
    My bird acted sort of paralyzed until finally she couldn't get up and died two days later. But she also had lack of appetite for a few months before. Her kidney I believe it was, was as big as a grapefruit, a solid mass upon autopsy. The inside had a discolored area that looked grainy, heard it can cause problems with the kidney or liver but can't remember which one. Hope that helps :)
  9. tdgill

    tdgill Overrun With Chickens

    LOL...no one is being hostile. [​IMG]
  10. marthacolleen

    marthacolleen Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 18, 2012
    Stony Point NC
    Marecks is a viral disease, HIGHLY contagious, and carried in their "dander" - so any feathers they shed, etc... will carry the virus for months. There is a vaccination that can be given for it, it's a sub-cut injection that needs to be given at one day of age. I'm sorry you had this also, it's horrific to watch them succumb to it.

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