legs to ears, is this mareks?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Beau coop, Nov 8, 2009.

  1. Beau coop

    Beau coop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a pullet about 15 weeks old who first started walking on hocks, then got curly toes now both legs are straight up by her face. I have tried vitamins, I have changed food, I brought her inside. Before I cull her, does anyone have any other ideas? Is it mareks? I wish I could provide photo. Sorry. Just picture her flat on stomach, feet up by face.
     
  2. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    How long has she been sick? Is there any chance she got some bits of wet/moldy food? It presents very much like Marek's and might have happened if she's lower in the pecking order.
     
  3. ArizonaDesertChicks

    ArizonaDesertChicks Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs

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    I'd try giving her polyvisol without iron (infant vitamins) before putting her down - I've read that vitamin deficiencies (riboflavin & b-vitamins?) can cause curled toes and walking on their hocks.
     
  4. Beau coop

    Beau coop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:She is on polyvisol. Today will be day three of vitamins.

    She has been sick for about a 5 days. She was on hocks for a few days, 2 days completely down.
     
  5. ArizonaDesertChicks

    ArizonaDesertChicks Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs

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    Beau coop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:The polyvisol has riboflavin, but maybe not enough. Does anyone know what milk products chickens will eat/drink?
     
  7. ArizonaDesertChicks

    ArizonaDesertChicks Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs

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    I just checked the label on my yogurt - pretty high in riboflavin. Even though my chickens love shredded cheese, I didn't see any riboflavin listed on the package. You don't want to give her plain milk because it's hard for them digest. Yogurt would be great for her to have right now. You're right, the polyvisol does have riboflavin too - maybe she needs extra to correct the problem?
     

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