In the Brooder
- Apr 27, 2020
My year and a half old americauna, daisy, can't walk, but she tries. I noticed a little over a week ago that she would just sit around and stumble a little when she tried to get up. I wasn't too worried because I thought she felt sick from parasites or the heat, so like I do with all of my other sick chickens, I brought her inside and gave her lots of food and water. This is when I noticed how extremely skinny she was. Daisy has never been a very small chicken, pretty average. But when I picked her up she was so light! She ate and drank water normally and seemed very perky and normal, besides the fact that she wouldn't stand. I thought that she might be too weak to walk and maybe all the weight loss was from parasites? So I've been giving her extra care and attention for a week, giving her parasite medication and making sure she is eating plenty. But she has made no progress. I checked her legs to see if there's any injury, but I can't imagine any injury that would effect the whole body, and effect her ability to balance or stand or flap her wings. She has tried to fly before but it ended up in a pathetic little jump with wings out and falling on the floor. When she tries to walk she loses her balance and either sits back down or does the splits. When she does take steps, they are very weighted and her feet slap the ground. It looks like she has zero strength to do anything, or maybe there's something wrong with her nervous system? Also whenever she loses balance it's always sideways or backwards, never forwards. I am so confused and worried about my little girl! She has gained a tiny but of weight this past week but is just the same, if not worse. Her poor little knees are all soft and tender from sitting on them 24/7. Im baffled! What could it be? I don't think she has mareks because shes not a baby anymore. Please share any advice!