Hi! Im a new member. I have lots to learn about raising chickens!

Angie Silkie

In the Brooder
May 25, 2020
We are first time chicken owners! We have had 8 Silkies and 2 brown leghorns since April 2020. They are 2 months old now.

Yesterday one of the silkies was reluctant to move. It would take a few steps use its left wing like a crutch to walk, it looked to loose balance and fall to one side and just lay there. He/she is very alert. Last night we brought it in and it is in a box. Seems to be doing ok other than not walking around. It has an occasional sneeze. No drainage anywhere.

It is eating and drinking but we have to put it next to the food and water. Can anyone help? Any idea what could be wrong?

Pork Pie

Premium Feather Member
7 Years
Jan 30, 2015


Easily distracted by chickens
Premium Feather Member
Jul 23, 2018
NY Southern Tier
My Coop
My Coop
Hello and welcome to BYC! :frow Glad you joined.
I hate to write this but your Silkie is of the age to start exhibiting signs of Marek's disease if it has contracted it and the symptoms you are describing are in line with it.
Please post to the ER thread and include a picture or better yet a video that you upload to YouTube or Vimeo then post the link in the thread. Good luck.

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