Please help! Hen won't stand

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by valren, Nov 4, 2014.

  1. valren

    valren New Egg

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    I have an approximately 6 month old buff orpington hen (Delilah) that suddenly won't stand. I have 2 others that seem perfectly healthy, same age. She is alert. She has an appetite and drinks water. Her comb is bright, legs aren't discolored. No bones seem to be broken and both legs are not functioning.
     
  2. boskelli1571

    boskelli1571 Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi there,
    Not sure how much help I can be, but here goes. Firstly, is she vaccinated against Mareks disease? How high are your roosting perches - could she have simply landed awkwardly? How is she doing now - any better/worse than when you posted? Any other signs/symptoms noted? These are a couple of things to think about - I'm really hoping someone with more knowledge will help you out here, please keep us posted on your progress.....and good luck, [​IMG]
     
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    There could be a vitamin deficiency, possible poisoning or botulism, or possible Mareks disease are some of the possibilities. Does she free range where she could have gotten into something that made her sick? Start her on some poultry vitamins right away containing riboflavin and other B vitamins. Here are some links to read on botulism and Mareks disease:
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/diseaseinfo/19/botulism
    http://extension.unh.edu/resources/files/Resource000791_Rep813.pdf
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/the-great-big-giant-mareks-disease-faq
     
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2014
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  4. jgoldy2

    jgoldy2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think that I had a similar thingto a 5 1/2 month old Quail Antwarp Belgium, does she look like this?[​IMG]
     

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