Please help! 6 Month old chicken not walking properly and sitting down

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chic-chics, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. chic-chics

    chic-chics Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi there.
    We have three black chickens that have just started laying eggs like.. 1 week ago. I'm unsure if the one in question has been laying but I know at least two of them are because we get 2-3 eggs a day normally. For two days now, one chicken has been taking a few small wobbly steps and then sitting back down again.. She eats and drinks fine but will also sit down to sleep and her tail is always pointing down now instead of up. And she also was (we think) pecked in the eye accidently the night before this happened. We were watching them walk around and all of the sudden she let out a cry and was stunned for a minute before moving again, and one eye was closed for 24 hours, could this have something to do with it?

    We live in the Northern Territory of Australia and wet season has just kicked in so it gets quite rainy and steamy here, she is very stiff when she walks, they are free range so get plenty to eat, we also feed them chicken seed mix and pellets. Please, what could be wrong with her? She will only take 3 slow steps and then sit down again. But then again, sometime she will stand up and take 10.
     
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  2. BamaSilkies

    BamaSilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rain usually equals lots of parasitic worms here in the US. Check the poop.
     
  3. chic-chics

    chic-chics Out Of The Brooder

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    Cool man, how do I check the poop? It looks normal to me
     
  4. chic-chics

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    Ahh, her eye is shut again now.
     
  5. BamaSilkies

    BamaSilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is the poop chart. http://www.chat.allotment.org.uk/index.php?topic=17568.0



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    because you dont see them in the poop doesnt mean they dont have them. You could take a few fecal samples to the vet and see what they say. Make sure you take several samples they may not expel worm eggs every time they poop. (from different times of the day)
     
  6. chic-chics

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    Thanks man, the poop is normal, but she just threw up..
     
  7. BamaSilkies

    BamaSilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you open her mouth and look into her throat. For worms, mucus or anything stuck? If its clear and what she vomited is just looks like water then it could be pneumonia.
     
  8. chic-chics

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    Thanks mate, it's very hot here so I'm guessing not neumonia. My wife has taken it to the vet this morning so we'll see what they say, although I'm betting they will charge us a hundred bucks or so and tell us they don't know whats wrong, that's usually the case with medical people. It looked like water that she threw up.
     
  9. chic-chics

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    Eating and drinking fine by the way.
     
  10. BamaSilkies

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    I hope they can help and hope she feels better soon.
     

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