Please help figure this out!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by seminolewind, May 18, 2011.

  1. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Hen. Found a month ago with what I thought was a broken leg. Splinted leg, put her in a sling. 2 weeks later, she's still not eating, panting. So I euthanized her.

    6 week old chick-found with what I thought was a broken foot. Splinted the foot. She has been gasping for a week now.

    6 week old chick-found with legs paralized, walking on hocks. Gasping. 5 days now.

    Now I'm thinking that they are not broken leg and foot, it's paralysis in all 3.

    So, the 3 year old hen is in a coop 30 feet away (3 other healthy roomates),, different shavings, different pen, different waterer, than the 2 chicks (there are 10 chicks, 2 are sick). The feed is different, however the chicks ended up with the hen food for a day because I ran out.

    20 other chickens in another coop with their own setup and had the same feed, are fine.

    So what factor could tie the hen and 2 chicks together-other than possibly the feed? I'm very sad and just don't understand it. [​IMG]
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    I suggest you read up on Marek's and see if the symptoms match. Marek's is spread through the air. If the wind is blowing from the sick hen to the chicks, they can get it.

    I sure hope I am wrong.
     
  3. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    I don't know if it could be Marek's, I have a closed group of chickens, and everyone has been hatched here.
    This is a very sad puzzle.
     

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