Muscular problems, wings droop, coordination Problems, twisted neck...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jacknjill, Jan 9, 2011.

  1. jacknjill

    jacknjill Hatching

    Jan 9, 2011
    Having some problems with bantams, different breeds, Both M / F. Muscular symptoms including wings drooping, coordination problems (trouble walking, losing balance), some severe, some die some don't. Some have trouble breathing. Treated with antibiotics, seems to have subsided for now, wondering what that was, or if it will return. Also, I have different species, and they share water, Pot bellied pig, goats, Alpacas, Pea cocks, turkeys etc from an automatic waterer. Is that a problem?

  2. RhodeIslandRedFan

    RhodeIslandRedFan Songster

    Dec 10, 2009
    Central PA
    Hello, jacknjill. From reading I have done on this site and elsewhere, the symptoms you mention remind me of Marek's Disease. Please read about Maker's Disease in the link below (you will need to scroll down) and also search on this site, and see if the symptoms sound similar. If so, there are experienced people on this site who can help you. I have no experience with this. Good luck to you and your chickens.

    Also. if you provide more information about your chickens that are ill, others on here will be better able to help you figure out what is wrong. Answering the following questions will help.
    1) What type of bird , age and weight.
    2) What is the behavior, exactly.
    3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms?
    4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms?
    5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.
    6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.
    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.
    8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.
    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?
    10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?
    11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
    12) Describe the housing/bedding in use
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2011
  3. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    You might also do a search on wry neck.

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