My hen may have had a stroke

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by apescute, Feb 1, 2016.

  1. apescute

    apescute Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, I have a 3 month old Buff Orpington. Yesterday she went crazy squawking and flapping around for a couple of seconds then fell down on her side. She got back up after a few seconds. I tried to give her water and after a sip she started drooling. We brought her inside and she walked in circles looking very confused and uncoordinated. I picked her up and cuddled her and she fell asleep withing seconds. She won't lay down so when you put her back down she walks around. She seems to be uncoordinated when she tries to eat too, like she isn't pecking hard enough to actually get food in her mouth. We put her back outside after she slept for 3 hrs because she was acting normal again (other then a little slow). When she is walking around she seems ok (just not at perky) but when you pick her up her head drops and she goes straight to sleep. She comes right up to me and wants to be held so she can sleep. What do you guy think?
     
  2. Chicken Egg 17

    Chicken Egg 17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    See if she goes in to roost and sleep at night and if she won't go in set her on the roost and see how she is in the morning see if she still is tired and wanting to be held to sleep
     
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  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Whatever it is it doesn't sound good, I would separate her and keep her warm and quiet and see how's she doing tomorrow, is she showing any respiratory distress or could she have gotten into some moldy feed or bedding, my thoughts are maybe botulism because it came on so quickly.
     
  4. apescute

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    She breaths just fine and can walk and even fly a little. She just seems confused and unbalanced. Today she seems a little better but still "slow".
     
  5. apescute

    apescute Out Of The Brooder

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    She goes to roost but when she falls asleep she falls off the roost. Now she is sleeping in the corner so she can hold herself up. I did find that she can eat soft food and is very hungry. She just doesn't have the motor skills to peck anything hard or small.
     
  6. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    I still think you are probably dealing with botulism, another name for it is limber neck, and it causes paralysis and motor function problems, most birds end up suffocating because they can't pick their heads up, some can slowly improve.
     
  7. apescute

    apescute Out Of The Brooder

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    But she can pick up her head. She walks around with her head held high. She only drops her head when you hold her and she falls asleep.
     
  8. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    I am only guessing, I'm not sure if you can do anything for her without a definitive answer that only a vet would give. Good luck.
     

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