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Hen that has paralysis.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Dprod, Feb 28, 2015.

  1. Dprod

    Dprod Out Of The Brooder

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    I noticed she was having problems walking and them found her stuck on her back one day. I Separated her from the flock and then noticed that she had worms. Treated her and the flock. Still have her separated and she a doing well. But she still isn't using her legs! Uses her wings to move what little she does. Eating and drinking fine. I don't know how long to give her or if she will ever be able to walk again. Treated her a week ago with the antibiotics.
     
  2. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

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    Could be any one of a few things, vitamin deficiency and Marek's disease being two very common causes of this.

    Here's a list of resources to check which will give you info to help you determine what it is and begin treating it, hopefully. You will probably need to work by a process of elimination, starting with B vitamin complex or isolated B vits to see if it's due to that, then moving on to other treatments if that does not cure her.
    Quote: Good luck and best wishes.
     
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    How old is your chicken? I would also recommend starting vitamins for poultry added to the water or feed that contain riboflavin and other B vitamins. Mareks disease does appear to be a possibility. Botulism, lead or mold poisoning, and other things such as injury should be ruled out. Here are some good links to read about Mareks disease:
    http://extension.unh.edu/resources/files/Resource000791_Rep813.pdf
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/the-great-big-giant-mareks-disease-faq
    http://partnersah.vet.cornell.edu/avian-atlas/#/disease/Marek's_Disease

    and another link on botulism: http://www.thepoultrysite.com/diseaseinfo/19/botulism
     
  4. Dprod

    Dprod Out Of The Brooder

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    She is just over nine months.
     
  5. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    How long have you had her, and have you added any new chickens to the flock over the last 6 months?
     

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