Paralyzed hen?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by EastinChickens, Jun 22, 2010.

  1. EastinChickens

    EastinChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My two year old laying hen has a strange illness, and it is causing her to seem paralyzed. I found her this morning laying oh her side with her eyes closed. I tried to stand her up, but she fell forward, then flopped back onto her side.

    Symptoms:

    White poo streaming from vent
    Won't stand
    Keeps eyes closed
    Pale, stiff legs
     
  2. EastinChickens

    EastinChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone? Please help
     
  3. caralouise1974

    caralouise1974 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh dear, poor thing. I have no idea but it sounds pretty serious. Poisoning? Infection? Have you checked for any wounds? Is the crop empty or full? Parasites?

    Any other birds showing less severe symptoms?
     
  4. EastinChickens

    EastinChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't see any wounds but she has frostbite on her feet that she has had for a year now. Crop is full, and nobody is showing the same symptoms.
     
  5. EastinChickens

    EastinChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can someone please help me?
     
  6. EastinChickens

    EastinChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Her comb is now turning purple- I am assuming she has been on her side so long it is cruhing her lungs and causing a lack of oxygen.
     
  7. EastinChickens

    EastinChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sigh.

    I made her a little brace that keeps her standing upright. Is there anything else I can do for her?
     
  8. MotherJean

    MotherJean Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm very sorry. Your hen is in very serious condition. The white stuff in the poo is the urates produced by the kidneys and when the poo becomes almost entirely white it generally means that the kidneys are failing. Her chances of survival at this point are doubtful and I would suggest that you seek a necropsy and certain diagnosis of the disease. There are several very serious diseases that can produce the acute symptoms you are seeing and all of them have implications for your other birds, as well as any new birds you may bring into your flock in future. I encourage you to contact your State Vet for free advice and access to a free postmortem exam of your bird.

    Name: Dr. Steven L. Halstead
    Title: State Veterinarian and Director of Animal Industry Division
    Agency: Animal Industry Division
    Department: Michigan Department of Agriculture
    Mailing Address: P.O. Box 30017
    Lansing, MI 48909
    Office Address: 525 W. Allegan
    Lansing, MI 48933
    Office Telephone No: (517) 373-1077
    Fax No: (517) 241-4502
    E-mail : [email protected]
     
  9. EastinChickens

    EastinChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, she is still fighting. Today she actually looks a little better....
     
  10. caralouise1974

    caralouise1974 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Is she up and about? Is she eating and drinking? I do hope she recovers. [​IMG]
     

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