My 4 week old chicks aren't moving around much and are laying on their sides!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Mickle75, Mar 9, 2015.

  1. Mickle75

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    About 4 weeks ago, I purchased 4 Australorp pullets and 3 Production Red pullets from my local feed store. I noticed that one of my PR pullets was acting lethargic about 4 -5 days ago so I separated her into her own brooder. The next day, another PR and an Australorp was acting the same way. So, I have these 3 chick in a broodr alone and they no longer get up and walk around. Most of the time, they are laying on their sides. They hobble to the water and feed, but then hobble back under the light. I've put Pedialyte in their waterer being concerned that they may need some electrolytes. I have also been getting them out to see if they will walk. At first, they lay over, but after I mess with them for a few minutes they will start to stand and sometimes take a few steps. But, for the most part, they are spending their days laying on their sides.

    After getting online and researching a bit, I'm still just as confused as when I started. I feel like Marek's is the culprit, but I'm not sure. What does this sound like to y'all?
     
  2. olliegrow

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    doesn't sound good to me, could be mareks or MG, don't get upset if they don't make it. Ask the feed store who they ordered from and tell them what happened, they might help you out...sorry to hear...if they are laying on sides and panting then they are too warm...
     
  3. crumptz

    crumptz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No idea, but I'm really sorry. It doesn't sound too good.
     
  4. Mickle75

    Mickle75 New Egg

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    They aren't panting at all. I called the feed store and asked if they had been vaccinated for Marek's and they said they had been. I know which hatchery they got them from, but I'm not sure where to go from here, if anywhere. The chicks don't seem to be in pain or even "feel" bad...just lay around...I've been online looking at what could possibly be causing the "paralysis" and/or homeopathic treatments for similar ailments...I hope I can figure something out...

    I've raised chicks many times before, but have never come across this kind of thing...I hope it all works out.
     
  5. ochochicas

    ochochicas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Treat them for coccidia. Put Corid in their water. You should see improvement within 24 hours if Coccidia is the culprit.
     
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  6. olliegrow

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    I know mareks will paralyze so this could be the issue, if you can get a medical opinion from a vet that should ease your worries...
     
  7. ochochicas

    ochochicas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Marek's takes at least 6 weeks to cause signs of illness after they have been exposed to it. Four week old chicks would not be showing signs of marek's yet.
     
  8. RRrrRR

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    Once a bird shows symptoms.. We use water solouble antibiotics. Put 30cc in a pet syringe with no needle and hold their mouth open and shoot it in a little at a time. It may or may not help.
     
  9. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

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    Check the brooder temperature at floor level of the brooder in different areas. Make sure there are no cold drafts around them. Water and food should be refreshed daily. Know that Coccidiosis can affect chicks at two to three weeks. Best to use a fresh, good quality starter formula, and use regiments of Corid in water every 3 weeks, 5 days at a time. Here's a little info on Coccidiosis:
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/publi...anagement/41/life-cycle-and-types-of-coccidia

    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/articles/1138/coccidiosis-control/
     
  10. House of chic

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    Did your chicks ever get better? I am having the same issue with one of my 5 week old chicks and I had one several weeks ago at 2 weeks old have this problem. She just walks a few steps and then lays over on her side. Spends most of the time in this position. The other thing I noticed with both is that they seemed to be behind in growth and development. When the first one had it I treated them all with corrid and it didn't help at all. The first one passed but I think it is because she aspirated fluids I was trying to give her with a dropper. I'm concerned and wondering if I should separate her from the rest.
     

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