Neurological symptoms in Araucana

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by FarmerJessie, Dec 12, 2014.

  1. FarmerJessie

    FarmerJessie Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello everyone,

    I have a almost one year old Araucana hen who I noticed was having trouble balancing a few days ago. I have seen some of my Marans have similar symptoms which ended up just being a vitamin deficiency and completely cleared up in 48 hours.

    After 24 hours, this hen had progressed to being unable to stand. She is not paralyzed and her legs feel strong, but she cannot balance. The vitamins have not helped. She is alert, eating, and drinking well.

    I hatched this hen on my farm and I have not introduced any new birds in the last year. Does anyone have any ideas? I am beginning to think I should put her down just so she doesn't suffer. :-(
     
  2. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    I think the best thing you can do is send her for a necropsy when she dies. You've had a few chickens get this odd thing, it's best to find out what it is.

    As long as she eats and holds her weight, you may want to give her some time.
     
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    While Mareks disease could be a possibility, I would give the vitamins a little longer. Injury, toxins from Botulism or chemicals, and lead poisoning could all be considered. B vitamins, vitamin /E, and selenium would all be good for her. In this first link on Mareks, there is a section to read on diseases that resemble Mareks:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/the-great-big-giant-mareks-disease-faq
    http://extension.unh.edu/resources/files/Resource000791_Rep813.pdf
    http://partnersah.vet.cornell.edu/avian-atlas/#/disease/Marek's_Disease
     
  4. FarmerJessie

    FarmerJessie Out Of The Brooder

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    Well,everyone,she is still alive, eating, and drinking. She is in good spirits, but still not walking. She is able to stand on her hocks which is a big improvement. I still don't know what is wrong with her. I started giving her SQ Calcium Gluconate injections, but they have not made a difference. She does not appear to be sick. I'm still stumped on this one. Anyone have any more ideas? I am leaning towards poisoning.
     
  5. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    I'm glad she is still alive, but I hope she will improve enough to be able to walk again. Are you giving her the vitamins thiamine (B1,) riboflavin (B2,) vitamin E, and selenium as well? If she is eating layer feed and getting some additional calcium with crushed oyster shell, then she shouldn't need calcium injections unless she were egg bound. I would try treating her longer with the vitamins. Here is a link to your state vet to ask about necropsy in case you lose her, so that they can test for Mareks disease or poisoning:
    http://www.usaha.org/Portals/6/StateAnimalHealthOfficials.pdf

    There also is a blood test that is available through Texas A&M where your local vet could draw blood to test for Mareks. Here is a link for that: http://tvmdl.tamu.edu/tests_service...ease-(PCR)&unit_id=1187&unit_effdt=2010-06-02
     
  6. roseyred

    roseyred Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Feeding her charcoal will help with any toxins. Get some food grade charcoal from health stores. If it's a poison it'll help get it out faster
     

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