Lameness or muscle weakness?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by floridahenhouse, Dec 23, 2016.

  1. floridahenhouse

    floridahenhouse Hatching

    May 30, 2016
    We have an Ameraucana rooster that is suddenly unable to stand up. He "walks" around on his legs but cannot stand. Inspection does not show any injuries; he eats and drinks water; seems normal except for an inability to stand. Anyone know what may be the cause?

  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    How old is the rooster? Do you know if he was vaccinated for Marek's disease? It could be a vitamin deficiency, in which case you could try offering him some poultry vitamins or Polyvisol infant vitamins (without iron).

    Or, it could be that he has Marek's disease, which is a neurological, viral disease often characterized by gradual paralysis of legs, wings, and other body parts. Many birds affected with Marek's eat and drink normally, at least at first--the only symptom is that they can't move one or both legs properly. Unfortunately, Marek's is typically fatal, as there is no know effective treatment. Birds may waste away and die on their own, or be humanely culled.

    Good luck with him. I'm sorry I can't offer any more positive suggestions. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2016
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    X2 on the vitamins. Riboflavin deficiency can be common in chickens, and symptoms include walking on the hocks or elbows and curling under of toes. This can lead to curled toe paralysis if vitamin B 2 (riboflavin) is not given. Poultry vitamins from a feed store, human B complex crushed onto food, baby vitamins, or foods rich in riboflavin can be given. Hopefully, it is not Mareks disease. Please keep us updated on his condition.

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