- Aug 24, 2018
10 weeks, silkie, brought her hone from a breeder about a month ago. This week she was stumbling around
having trouble with her balance, but is still trying and able to slowly get around.
Is her crop emptying overnight?I have electrolytes in her water and have been feeding her medicated feed, scrambled eggs, oats, and strawberries.
Is her crop emptying overnight?
Photos of her poop?
Did you keep her with other chicks/chickens her age and breed?
Stumbling around could be a number of things. Yes, one is Marek's. Dehydration, a peck to the head on a Silkie, vitamin/nutritional deficiency, neurological and/or development disorder, Coccidiosis are a few other things that come to mind as well.
What's in the electrolytes - do you have a photo of the package?
I would continue to keep her eating the chick starter, eggs and maybe 1 strawberry. Eliminate the oats. Too many extras can dilute the protein and nutritional intake in young chick. See that she has a source of grit free choice.
Does she always hold her head down or to the side like in your photos?
I'm sorry that Kiwi is still not doing any better.Thought I would update in case anyone ever looks up information and finds this. Kiwi is still the same, but seems in pain when she tries to get up. I wish she would stop trying. We put her in a sling but she was too confused to eat in it. Legs are still very wobbly and she does the splits or side to side legs. We are feeding her vitamin e with selenium and a lot of b vitamins mashed up with water and food. Her appetite is still high. We are also starting the hypericum twice a day as well. I’ll keep updating.
I'm sorry that Kiwi is still not doing any better.
Sadly from the way that she is laying down I would suspect that she is suffering from Marek's Disease.
There is no cure or treatment for Marek's all you can do is offer supportive care or kindly put them out of their misery when they are suffering and in pain.
Here's some information for you to read about Marek's: