Paralyzed Young Hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Wild Blue Ranch, May 13, 2008.

  1. Wild Blue Ranch

    Wild Blue Ranch New Egg

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    There seems to be alot of similar posts here, but not quite the same problem.

    I am a new chicken owner, as of the end of March. My peeps are now 7 weeks old. At 5 weeks, I started putting them outside during the day, and bringing them in at night, as they were just about fully feathered and quickly outgrowing the swimming pool in my laundry room.

    So now they are out full time in a refurbished, totally enclosed dog pen, with nice little wood house (until we get the new coop and pen built). I keep clean wood shavings in the house, and the rest of the pen is sand/dirt. For the first 6 weeks, they were getting the Purina chick starter with anti-biotics. I started adding regular scratch feed to it last week, and now that's what they're getting full time.

    I have a real mix of different breeds ( they all looked great on the website!), both full size and bantam, along with a couple geese and 3 ducks. All the same age.

    The problem is, I have one beautiful little Silver Spangled Spitzhauben, that has suddenly gone lame. I noticed a few days ago that she looked like she was sitting back on her butt alot. Today, she's not using her legs at all. I was concerned about the rest of the gang running over her, or picking on her, so put her back in the laundry room in a little paper towel lined box, with the same feed and water. She's eating, but laying there with her legs splayed to one side.

    She's one of my favorites--I'd hate to lose her. I noticed in some other postings that vitamins are frequently mentioned, but that seems overkill with everything that's already added to the chicken feed. I also pull grass for them, and give them fruits and veges.

    She does not appear to be injured in any way.
    Help please!
    thx
     
  2. Parson's Wife

    Parson's Wife Blessed Abundantly

    Jan 22, 2008
    Arkansas
    [​IMG] I'm sorry. I have no idea. But I know how frustrating it can be.
    Maybe someone will post an answer soon for you.
     
  3. mmajw

    mmajw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2008
    Maine
    What kind of wood shavings are you using?
     
  4. Wild Blue Ranch

    Wild Blue Ranch New Egg

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    Same shavings as I've used all along--Mallard Dustless, pine. Same as we bed the horses, goats, and donkeys on for the past several years.

    I just went and checked on her again. She's pooping normally too.
     
  5. mmajw

    mmajw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2008
    Maine
    Well I was leaning towards a shavings issue but I guess not seems they are pine. I am at a loss. Sorry wish I could be more helpful.
     
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  6. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Were they vaccinated for Mareks?
     
  7. Wild Blue Ranch

    Wild Blue Ranch New Egg

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    I ordered them online thru Ideal Poultry. I just went back and checked the site again, it says:

    "In small flocks IDEAL does not recommend having any of these services done to your poultry: Marek's Disease Vaccination (chicks only)................."

    They are just now 7 weeks old. When should they receive this vacc, and is it really necessary for a small, closed flock?
     
  8. Wild Blue Ranch

    Wild Blue Ranch New Egg

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    I heard back from Ideal Poultry this morning that I should try splinting little Anise's legs. Guess I'll try the matchstick and bandaids thing.

    Not sure what good this is going to do if her legs just aren't working. Any ideas there?
     
  9. Wild Blue Ranch

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    I talked to a couple vet offices about this, and they were all clueless. I ended up going to the Merck Vet Manual online, and I think found a possible diagnosis: botulism. Check out this page:
    http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/i...205400.htm&word=sudden,chicken,paralysis,legs

    It says, "Leg paralysis is the only sign in mild intoxications".

    It sounds like a wait and see if she's going to recover. I have clostridium vacc on hand that I give the pygmy goats. I'm wondering if I should vaccinate the other peeps? How would I go about doing this?
     
  10. bluehenlover

    bluehenlover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had this exact same problem with a young Welsummer pullet. Everyone was clueless. I waited it out and started feeding grower ration instead of chick starter. I dont know if its because I changed feed, or if I just gave her time to recover, but she did recover 100%. Hang in there for a few weeks.
     

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