MYRTLE CAN'T WALK

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Debbie Churchill, Jan 22, 2018.

  1. Debbie Churchill

    Debbie Churchill In the Brooder

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    We have buffs. Only about 5. They free range and I have never had any illness problems until a couple days ago. One of my hens suddenly can't walk. She just scoots with one wing down for balance. I've had her in the house for the past 2 nights. She is eating, drinking and pooping ok. I added a little Vit D yesterday to her water and today tried a B Complex in her water. I was reading an article from a 2011 post of a woman with the same problem. Curious as to whether it's just an injury or mareks.
     
  2. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Free Ranging

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    Hi, welcome to BYC! :frow

    So sorry your hen is having trouble. :(

    It could be Marek's though there are few things that present very similarly. Have you checked her over for an in jury?
     
  3. Debbie Churchill

    Debbie Churchill In the Brooder

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    I looked at her feet and comb really good but I haven't really dug around. I will tho
     
  4. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging

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    Lameness that comes on like that suddenly can be a result of the chicken getting into a neurotoxin. Look around where the chickens have been. Look for puddles of water where you may have previously sprayed for ants or cut worms.

    Look for a machine sitting around leaking fluids onto the soil underneath. I've had chickens eat contaminated grit and go lame.

    Do you have a compost pile? There can be neurotoxins hiding in rotting, decomposing vegetable matter.

    Peeling paint. Soil where paint thinner was disposed of.

    Unfortunately, if it's a neurotoxin, there's no cure.
     
  5. Debbie Churchill

    Debbie Churchill In the Brooder

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    Thank you. I know that I have spilled diesel and with the snow melting there are puddles. There are also wild turkeys that come in our yard to eat the chicken feed. I will definitely look for those things and try to clean up the diesel spill.
     
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