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Loss of motor control in chicks

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by rachel9947, Sep 18, 2016.

  1. rachel9947

    rachel9947 Out Of The Brooder

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    Amazing! Got a rare Shetland breed for the first time this year. One chick suddenly lost control of his legs and couldn't stand. We thought he was a goner. I had to attend to him every 15 minutes in the brooder to hold him upright so he could eat and drink. Got hold of my avian vet who prescribed Amoxicillin. For 48 hours no signs of recovery, but chick was still lively and eating and drinking when held upright. After this period he started to spend less time on his back and even try to move around on his tummy. Third day he was walking, but unsteady. Fourth day, he was back to normal. I couldn't have believed that such a loss of muscle control was simply due to an infection of the brain. He would have died except for the expertise of my vet. Now he is 3 months old and fit as a fiddle! If any of you have had this problem, don't write them off! It is not necessarily Marek's disease.
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    So pleased your story has a happy ending! Sounds like a great vet you have! Congrats! :weee
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Hmm...wonder what it had/has...maybe not bacterial due to amoxicillin not working?
    Hopefully it was a fluke and it's not carrying something it can pass along.
     
  4. rachel9947

    rachel9947 Out Of The Brooder

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    Aart, Maybe you weren't reading the right post. My post said it did work, and chick is now totally healthy!
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Usually if an anti-biotic will work it kicks in within 24 hours, that's how it works with humans...so am thinking that's not what 'cured' the bird....but I may be wrong.
     
  6. Outpost JWB

    Outpost JWB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Glad your bird got better. I would still keep a close eye on the flock. Some illnesses will remain dormant until a chicken's immune system is down and then attack. Good luck with your flock. So glad to hear the vet was helpful. Many times veteranarians are not really trained to deal with bird diseases.
     
  7. rachel9947

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    Thanks for this. I agree. Most vets know less about chickens than I do. That's why I am so glad to have my specialist avian vet. No other chickens showing symptoms so I think it was just something he picked up. He is now full of beans and shoots into the house as soon as we open the front door. One day, he is going to get run over as he has no worries about cars and keen to get into mine if I open the door.
     

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