Horribly Molting, Very Thin and is walking strange * See Video**

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by freerange4hens, Oct 16, 2013.

  1. freerange4hens

    freerange4hens Out Of The Brooder

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    So I posted yesterday about my Delaware. She is still acting strange. Is eating, sort of. Doesn't seem to interested compared to the others who dig right in, so that's starting to concern me. She's terribly thin as it is and they are only about 16 months old. I have started putting vitamins and electrolytes in there water and increasing there fat and protein intake to maybe help, but she's just not that into it. Please watch the video of her walking crooked and low to the ground. Has anyone seen this before?

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  2. freerange4hens

    freerange4hens Out Of The Brooder

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    Here.. This video may be better..

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  3. freerange4hens

    freerange4hens Out Of The Brooder

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    **bump** - she's starting to tip over when she's standing and the other birds won't leave her side. They normally all run free around the yard, but they all haven't moved since this morning.

    I don't know what's wrong or what to do.. :(
     
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm sorry that you're having trouble with your hen. How old is she? The molting itself is probably normal if she's over a year of age. Her odd walking may be normal, too--I've noticed that when my chickens molt, one hen in particular starts walking strangely (backwards, low to the ground) at times. I think its because the new feathers growing in feel odd, and she's trying to escape them.

    Does she still appear to be eating enough? Molting places strain on bird bodies as their energy is focused on making feathers, so I'm not surprised if they get a bit thin during the process. However, there could be an underlying problem. Has she ever been wormed? If not, then I would worm her with a broad spectrum wormer like Valbazen, SafeGuard, Worminator(contains Flubendazole and can be purchased online from here: http://www.twincitypoultrysupplies.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=584). Don't use Wazine or Ivermectin, as they only work on a couple types of worms, and I've heard that Wazine (I believe--someone please correct me if I'm wrong) can cause feather deformities if used during molting.

    The tipping over, IMO, is probably happening because she is weak from not eating/worms.

    Other than that, it seems like you're doing everything you can. Keep trying to get her to eat as much nutritious, fatty food as possible, and watch for any other symptoms.
     
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  5. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    I have only heard that Safe-guard goat wormer can cause feather problems if used during a molt.
     
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  7. aggiemae

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    One of our molting hen is doing the same thing. She's pretty bad off. Any thoughts?
     
  8. casportpony

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    I would be highly suspicious of Marek's

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