Legbar with one foot curled under struggles to get around - vitamin B2 deficiency?

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  1. plum14

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    My legbar showed signs of being lame saturday but by yesterday was struggling to get around and one foot completely curled under so she was walking on the top of it if she had to. Spending most time curled up. Today I've ground up B2 vitamin and put it in egg, food and water. She seems healthy enough apart from not being able to get around very well. She's eating and drinking. Foot and leg looks fine. I've put her in a small shelter we have which has a couple of wire sides so she's left alone and can just sit but see the others too. Does it sound like a vitamin deficiency?
     
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  3. Mybackyardpeepers

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    Morning. Yes it could very well be a deficiency. Do you supplement vitamins for your hens?
     
  4. Eggcessive

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    How old is your legbar? Have you seen any birds with Mareks disease or had an unexplained loss before? You are doing the right thing giving riboflavin or vitamin B complex, which has all B vitamins. If it is riboflavin deficiency, there should be some improvement soon if it was started right away. It is worrisome that the tow curling is in only one leg and not both. Sometimes that can be a sign of possible Mareks disease, or perhaps an injury. Let us know how she is getting along. Here are some articles about riboflavin deficiency and Mareks disease:
    https://thepoultrysite.com/publications/diseases-of-poultry/217/vitamin-b2-deficiency

    https://extension.umd.edu/sites/ext...Preventing Mareks Disease in Small Flocks.pdf

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/the-great-big-giant-mareks-disease-faq.66077/
     
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    Thanks. She was hatched 1st July so 5 months. She has a sister who is on top form. No never had MD or unexplained loss before.
     
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    Mareks just had to be mentioned with the age and symptoms, but I really hope that it is just a deficiency. Pullets can jump off roosts and get banged up easily, so leg injuries can be common as well.
     
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    She's not looking great this morning. Twitching and head on one side. Not interested in eating today either. 20191203_091002.jpg
     
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    Oh no, I hope she isn’t showing more possible signs of Mareks disease. The head twisted to the side is called torticolis or wry neck. Do you have any vitamin E, tuna, sunflower hearts, chopped almonds, or broccoli? Vitamin E 400 IU in combination with the B vitamin thiamine, are good treatments for wry neck.

    Do you know where in your area that a poultry lab or college could test blood or festher shafts for Mareks, or where to get a necropsy if you should lose her? I don’t want to scare you or make you worry that this is positively Mareks, but it would save time to find out how to get testing now, so that you would have a plan if the worst happens. @rebrascora is a BYC member in the UK with Mareks in her flock, and though she hasn’t be online much lately, she might know where to get tested if she sees this.
     
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    Thanks @Eggcessive I do have sunflower hearts so will try to get her to eat them and also the vitamin boost I have does include vitamin E. I would be glad to hear from anyone in UK, as it seems a lot of the info is US.
     
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    @Yorkshire Coop is also in the UK. Perhaps she knows where testing for Mareks or a necropsy might be done.
     

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