i may have a Botulism problem with my chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by joe the chicken, Dec 11, 2016.

  1. joe the chicken

    joe the chicken New Egg

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    help i think one of my chicken may have Botulism, it has difficulty standing and its wings are weak and they droop down also its skin is pale what should i do ?
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    Welcome to BYC. Botulism comes from eating a toxin found in decaying animal carcasses, maggots, or vegetation rotting underground. Usually, paralysis occurs in the feet and legs, followed by the wings, and progressing to the neck and breathing muscles. How old is she. Was she vaccinated for Mareks disease? Is she able to drink or eat if she is near water and food? Dehydration and other illnesses can look similar. Place her close to food and water within reach in a basket or crate. Feed her water with a dropper or spoon to get some fluids into her. Vitamins with electrolytes should be added. Unfortunately, there is no treatment for botulism, but some chickens can survive if they survive for two days. A necropsy by your state vet would be advised if you should lose her. Sorry about your hen.
     
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  3. joe the chicken

    joe the chicken New Egg

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    thank you for the advice, she can eat and drink but she is weak so the other chicken take the food away, i think she is 2 or 3 years old and i don't know if she has had a vaccination
     
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    Please isolate her in a crate or pen with her own food and water. Offer some egg and try to get her to drink.
     
  5. joe the chicken

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    good idea i have a spare chicken coop so i may put her in it, she is getting stronger and still eating but her legs are still weak and bleeding why is this ?
     

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