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Mareks? Vitamin deficiency? 10 week old cockerel cannot stand or walk

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by PotPie84, Jun 19, 2016.

  1. PotPie84

    PotPie84 New Egg

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    I recently brought home a 10 week old Golden Crested Black Polish cockerel from a friend, the result of a mis-sexed chick from a feed store. He started crowing, and since they lived in the city limits they were not allowed to have a rooster. Things were going great, for about a week, then it all went downhill, rapidly.

    2 days ago, he started getting weak in the legs, and by mid afternoon the same day he could not stand. The only other symptom of note is he did have some abnormal stools, and at the time I attributed to the stress of leaving his "sister" whom he had spent his entire life with, and being dropped in entirely new surroundings with new sights and sounds, as well as possibly a nutritional deficit as I was feeding him the feed I give my hens. The stools were mostly just loose, normal color, until the day he started getting weak, 2 days ago, he had two that were mostly clear liquid. It was quite warm so I thought maybe heat and stress, so kept him indoors in the cool and offered him water with electrolytes and vitamins (rooster booster powder added), chick food I picked up to restart and yogurt. Stools pretty quickly returned to normal chick turds, and have been normal since.

    His appetite is normal, and he's drinking normally. He's very alert, constantly looking around to see what's happening anytime he hears something. His eyes are bright with no deformities, his feathers are still coming in, but he seems to have no feather irregularity. I looked over his legs to see if maybe he injured himself but for the life of me I cannot see any sign of injury and both of his legs are of a normal body temperature so I don't think this is the result of a clot.

    He doesn't seem to be truly paralyzed as he can move his legs some, he just cannot support his weight. I'm truly hoping this is a nutritional deficiency, and not marek's but I've never dealt with this before and am so worried.

    The biggest concern I have is the welfare of my four 16 month old hens I raised from hatchlings, if this chicken does indeed have marek's, it's my understanding that it is insanely contagious and despite segregation they're probably going to be exposed. Does this mean they too will get ill? They're all four in pristine health, and have never had any health issues. Can they become infected and just be asymptomatic carriers? Is there hope if he does have mareks, that they will be OK?

    It's unfortunate if this young cockerel has it, but I haven't bonded with him as I have the other 4, they're part of the family.

    I'm absolutely heartbroken that I have potentially exposed them to such a terrible disease.

    ( I got them at the feed store February 2015, and there was no mention of vaccinations so I'm assuming they have not been vaccinated. Being my first chickens, I was so naïve, and I still know so little)

    Any information is greatly appreciated. Any suggestions for remedies to try, openly accepted. I am willing to try anything to help this guy out. I'm just at a loss.

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  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. Coccidiosis could be a problem, since it can cause extreme weakness.Chickens who have been necropsied for possible Mareks have come back instead with test results with cocci. If you can get a few of his fresh droppings checked in the morning by a vet for cocciciosis, I would. Otherwise, I would get some Corid powder or liquid, and treat him for possible coccidiosis. Dosage is 1 1/2 tsp of the powder, or 2 tsp of the liquid per gallon of water, made fresh daily, for 5 days.. I would also give him some Poultry Cell vitamins orally--2 ml daily, in case of a vitamin deficiency. Hopefully, this is not Mareks, but here is a good, but long article about Mareks and diseases that look alike: https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/the-great-big-giant-mareks-disease-faq
     
  3. PotPie84

    PotPie84 New Egg

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    Thank you for the info!picked up corid liquid 9.6% at the feed store and have started him on that, as I do not have a bet currently that treats chickens. They did not have the poultry cell, but amazon did so that will be here tomorrow. He has been getting vitamins and electrolytes in his water, until I swapped it out for the corid mixed water. He drinks and eats well. Keeping my fingers crossed he starts making improvements. His energy level is good and he's very alert with clear eyes.
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Great, so in a day or so, please give us an update.
     
  5. 6694deb

    6694deb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sad that you don't have any replies yet because I'm having the same type of problem with some of my babies this year. We've had to euthanize 5 chicks so far. I hate to think I might have to get rid of all my chickens to keep it from spreading. It doesn't seem to start at a specific age. At first I just notice them limping then gradually they get so week they can't stand. I'm going to research this Marek's disease you mentioned. I'm just starting to try to figure out what my problem is. At first I thought they were getting stepped on by other animals
     
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    6694deb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    By the time I posted you did have other replies :)
     
  7. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    You can get one necropsied or tested by your state vet for possible Mareks disease. Coccidiosis can cause those symptoms sometimes, because of dehydration and weakness. Cocci is treated with Corid in the water. Read the rest of this thread.
     

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