leghorn hen always falling over, is this normal?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by lilybug524, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. lilybug524

    lilybug524 Out Of The Brooder

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    My 8 mon old white leghorn hen is always falling over things. when she gets into her nesting box she falls into it. when she falls down she will just lay there for awhile. she lays down more then the other birds as well ( just lays down and sleeps, during the day) she eats and drinks as good as the other birds. She is also my silkie roosters favorite, therefore always jumps on her and pulls her comb. when she falls over the other hens just walk all over her. She now is getting wounds on her back and her feathers pulled out. we have seperated her and put neosporin on it. does anyone recommend a saddle for her? Mostly i just cant figure out why she would seem soo weak in her legs. Thanks for any comments/advice in advance
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    That is not normal. I hope someone can help you.

    Is this a change in her behavior or has she been like this since chickhood?
     
  3. lilybug524

    lilybug524 Out Of The Brooder

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    shes been like this for awhile so im not certain exactly when it started. she wasnt like this as a chick. its started between pullet and hen age.( not helpful i know)
     
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

  5. lilybug524

    lilybug524 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for posting.....i'm still not sure exactly if its a vitamin deficency or a neuralogical disorder, but has brought me closer to figuring it out.
    does anyone know if I give her a vitamin B complex and it turns out to not be a vitamin deficency would that cause her any harm?



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  6. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/search-forum.php?cx=partner-pub-9473214521653913%3Abil3pz2p90m&cof=FORID%3A10&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=b+vitamins+wry+neck&sa=Search&siteurl=www.backyardchickens.com%2Fforum%2Fpost.php%3Ftid%3D615702
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    is the search result for "wry neck b vitamins."

    For wry neck sometimes folks treat with vitamins, and so you might find the dosage that has been safe for others here on BYC (not saying that your hen is suspected of wryneck- I'm just responding to your vitamin question).

    http://www.browneggblueegg.com/Article.html
    click on the article "crookneck" on the left column and it details using vit b there

    also you might search byc for poly vi sol without iron (baby vitamins).
     
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  7. mama24

    mama24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, giving B vitamins is fine. They are water soluble so you pee out the extras. The vitamins to mainly worry about are fat soluble ones that can accumulate in body fats, and others like Iron that bind to things.
     

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