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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by tpbcbe, Aug 1, 2014.

  1. tpbcbe

    tpbcbe In the Brooder

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    I just found this hen (3-4mo old, otherwise been healthy and fine) like this about an hour ago, walking but unable to pick up her head well. Seems neuro, I'm hoping it's not..... Let me know you're thoughts. She does seem to have bruising around her eyes too.


    Thank you :)
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  2. mpguay

    mpguay Songster

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    video is private. we cant see it.
     
  3. tpbcbe

    tpbcbe In the Brooder

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    Ok I think I changed them to public. She seems a little better today, I syringe fed her some electrolytes last night. She's holding her head up better. Thanks again.....
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member

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    The two things I know of that can cause the limber neck are Mareks disease and botulism. Most of the ones I have read about seem to have leg weakness first. Botulism paralysis usually progresses upward in the spinal column from feet , to legs, wings, and neck, eventually paralyzing the eyelids. Mareks can be one sided affecting legs or wings. I would make sure that the electrolytes have vitamins (B1 thiamine and E) or I would add vitamins. Here is some info on botulism and Mareks:
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/diseaseinfo/19/botulism
    http://extension.unh.edu/resources/files/Resource000791_Rep813.pdf

    If you think either of those is possible, I can give you more links to read.
     
  5. tpbcbe

    tpbcbe In the Brooder

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    Thank you for the info, I didn't see this response. I did a lot of reading and ended up syringe feeding her water with electrolytes and then putting brewers yeast on some crumble for her. The next morning she looked so much better and has progressed greatly since then. She went back to the coop last night and seems perfectly fine today. I guess only time will tell if it's Mareks and rears it's nasty head again. I did take the new chicks off of grower early this year so I wonder if it was a deficiency? I'm going to supplement the feed with some brewers yeast for a bit and see if that helps anything. Thanks again for the advice.
     
  6. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member

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    I'm very glad to hear that she is doing better. I would guess that this was some temporary problem due to vitamin deficiency, injury, or from eating or exposure to something poisonous. It doesn't really sound like botulism or Mareks from the lack of leg paralysis and the speedy recovery.
     
  7. tpbcbe

    tpbcbe In the Brooder

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    That or my husband threatening her with the axe ;) Thanks again!
     

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