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Please help! 6 week pullet has no control of her muscles. (UPDATE)

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by gina4animals, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. gina4animals

    gina4animals Chirping

    Sep 7, 2008
    Salida, CO
    My chick seems almost paralyzed - no control over her legs or wings. Eats just fine, is alert, but has no muscles. Her legs are bent so her feet are by her neck. She rolls over on her back as she is unable to stay on her belly. I have to hold her to feed her. She came from McMurrays (then the feed store) 6 weeks ago and the other chicks are so far so good. They come vaccinated for Mareks but this might still be Mareks. I am trying the colloidal silver (day 2) per another post on here awhile back. Any suggestions would help.

    1) What type of bird , age and weight (does the chicken seem or feel lighter or thinner than the others.).
    6 week old laying pullet - not sure what breed - some type of aracana I believe.

    2) What is the behavior, exactly.
    Cant move, barely breathing, her legs are spread out, splayed out without being able to support herself - her feathers are spread out, and her tail feathers are straight up.

    3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms?
    two days
    4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms?
    5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.
    missing feathers on her back,
    6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.
    possibly was attacked by older hen(s).
    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.
    nutridrench, pedialyte, laying crumbles (medicated)
    8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.
    normal, pasty on her rear due to not being able to stand (so I washed her off with warm water)
    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?
    isolated her in the house, fed her nutridrench, water, crumbles, washed her off, kept her warm.
    10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?
    we have no vet for fowl here in my town.
    11) Describe the housing/bedding in use.
    she is in a crate on a towel, was in my huge indoor pen with 30 hens age 6 weeks to 3 yrs.
    12) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
    I will try to post a photo
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2012

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