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Jack white silkie can't walk

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jag1876, Jul 4, 2016.

  1. jag1876

    jag1876 Just Hatched

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    Please help, My silkie jack, age 22 months has been unwell for 3 weeks.
    I have her inside, she is on vitamins, vermex, synulox and vit e.
    she has lost lots of weight but seems not to be suffering however she has no balance if she tries to walk.
    she can stand still with no problem but falls over as soon as she walks.
    Any advice greatly appreciated
    vicky
     
  2. Chickensfan

    Chickensfan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    may be spraddle leg, but i don't know. i have never experienced spraddle leg on a chicken.
     
  3. jag1876

    jag1876 Just Hatched

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    Thank you for your reply, sadly jack died last week.
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Sorry she passed,

    I doubt sincerely that a 22 mos. hen would have spraddle foot. That is something you usually find in newly hatched chicks and it can be treated at that time - usually to total success. She may have been developing Marek's disease which causes paralysis generally starting in one leg and progressing.
     
  5. Outpost JWB

    Outpost JWB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry for your loss. Are any others showing symptoms? My 1st guess would be starvation from possible worm infestation. Marek's is a possibility as well especially with the loss of balance,
     
  6. jag1876

    jag1876 Just Hatched

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    thanks for your messages.
    she was wormed around three months ago and again about four weeks ago.
    I only have one other chicken, Victor.
    Jack started to show symptoms four weeks ago, I wormed both her and Victor, deep cleaned the coop and treated it for mites, started multivitamins, Vit E, daily apple cider and garlic vinegar..
    after about five days Jack was a lot better so I went ahead with my first batch of fertile eggs for a very broody Victor to hatch.
    She has taken to it like a duck to water.
    As she has been in the nest for 21 days (so excited today!) I haven't been able to see much of her but she seems happy.
    I'm terrified she and the chicks (if they hatch) catch whatever she had too.
    I have read that Silkies can die of loneliness if they loose their companion.
    If the chicks hatch should they prevent this?
    thank you,
    vicky
     
  7. SunflowerTheBun

    SunflowerTheBun Chillin' With My Peeps

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    :hugs so sorry for the loss of Jack! :(
     
  8. jag1876

    jag1876 Just Hatched

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    I'm absolutely gutted, just hope Victor and the 3 (if they hatch) chicks are ok [​IMG]
     
  9. SunflowerTheBun

    SunflowerTheBun Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hope so too. Good luck with them all!
     
  10. jag1876

    jag1876 Just Hatched

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    Thanks [​IMG]
     

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