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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by georgialee, Jul 3, 2010.

  1. georgialee

    georgialee Songster

    Apr 9, 2009
    Knoxville, TN
    I have seven 6-week old chicks in a brooder in my garage. One of them started to not be able to walk that well a couple of weeks ago but I thought it was something that was wrong just with that chick. I went out this morning and now there are 2 more that are wobbling around and can't walk. They seem to be eating/drinking fine. Not acting listless like that one infection from wet shavings (can't remember the name of it... you use sulmet to cure it).

    These are LF olive-eggers.

    I need to figure out what it is ASAP b/c I have a bunch of younger chicks in the other half of the brooder.

    Any ideas?

    eta: these are chicks I hatched myself (not vaccinated) and they are eating medicated purina feed (sunfresh, I think it's called?)
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2010

  2. georgialee

    georgialee Songster

    Apr 9, 2009
    Knoxville, TN
    I just changed their water and bedding. Some of the baby chicks look like they may be having problems but I can't tell for sure b/c they're so tiny and have feathers everywhere (bantam cochins).
  3. georgialee

    georgialee Songster

    Apr 9, 2009
    Knoxville, TN
    No one knows anything about this? I really have no idea what to do and I don't want them to die!
  4. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    I'd look up Marek's disease and see if it sounds like it fits what you are experiencing. It is a contagious virus, so I STRONGLY recommend separating your infected birds until you figure it out.
  5. georgialee

    georgialee Songster

    Apr 9, 2009
    Knoxville, TN
    I don't know how they could have Marek's - they've been in our garage since they were hatched and have not even been on grass yet. That woul dbe impossible, right?
  6. Lobzi

    Lobzi Crowing

    Do not assume Mereks. I was told my paralyzed 7 week old chick most likely had Mereks and advised to cull her. I just couldnt and about 2 weeks into the paralysis I read a post on SVchickens. The wonderful lade told me to try Vit B. I did and may baby is walk, flapping its wings and well on the way to recovery.
    Thiamin most probably the main vit b they are lacking but give a multi B just to be sure.
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2010
  7. georgialee

    georgialee Songster

    Apr 9, 2009
    Knoxville, TN
    Thank you! Is it in liquid form? Where did you find it? I wonder if polyvisol would work?

  8. crittersitter

    crittersitter Songster

    Feb 23, 2010
    Westchester County,NY
    Polyvisol without iron is fine.
  9. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Crowing

    Jun 20, 2009
    Orange County, NY
    That's exactly what I would do
  10. Lobzi

    Lobzi Crowing

    Honestly I just used my own multi B, crushed it and coated her food and added it to her water.
    Please let me know if it is successful. Im trying my hardest to stop the Merek's scare and get folks to give Vit B a try.

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