losing chick... please help

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by freemontchick6, Mar 10, 2015.

  1. freemontchick6

    freemontchick6 Out Of The Brooder

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    my chicks are slowly all showing these same symptoms ( lost 3 to date). They are eating and drinking fine but have become unale to use their legs. They are around 6 months old Seramas. Today i went to feed and i noticed 2 of them are getting wobbly. I am scared i could possibly lose the rest of them. I wormed them with safeguard 3 days ago & i have checked for mites & lice. I do not used any kind of medicated feed. Any advice to help my babies will be so greatly appreciated.
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Worms, lice and mites won't make them unable to walk.

    That's the right age for Marek's disease.
     
  3. MrsBrooke

    MrsBrooke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there any possibility the feed you're using is moldy? I would check it asap... That can cause neurological symptoms.

    Also, ChickenCanoe is right about the Marek's. Do you know if they were vaccinated for it?

    I am very sorry to hear about your losses. :(

    MrsB
     
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  5. freemontchick6

    freemontchick6 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks so much for the info. I will definitely add the vitamins to their water. I'm almost positive they was not vaccinated. How would i know for sure if it is Marek's and what can i do for them as well as the rest of the flock? Thanks again
     
  6. ChickenCanoe

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  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    One person in the Nor Cal thread sent one of her pullets that couldn't walk to UC Davis for necropsy fully expecting them to find Marek's, but instead they found coccidiosis. Another person had something similar and her necropsy revealed capillary worms *and* coccidiosis, but no Marek's. There was also a peahen that was showing neurological signs and her fecal showed capillary worms and coccidiosis. Not sure how common it is, but it does happen.

    -Kathy
     
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  8. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

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    Coccidiosis will weaken a young bird quickly, causing anemia, then enteritis, then death. Intestinal worms and other protozoa cause the same problems. Young birds should be given preventative doses of Amprolium for 5 days, once a month about 3 weeks apart for the first 7-9 months. I've experimented with a number of ways over the years and what I mentioned makes a big difference.
     
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  9. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    What is Amprolium? and where does one get it.

    I don't believe Mareks is as common as we think.
     
  10. MrsBrooke

    MrsBrooke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Amprolium is Corid. For coccidiosis. You can find it at most feed stores or order it online.

    I recommend keeping some on hand.

    MrsB
     
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