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Please help my chicken is acting lame but only at night!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chookgal, Dec 27, 2016.

  1. chookgal

    chookgal In the Brooder

    Nov 18, 2016
    (Not sure if I posted this in the right place) My chicken is sticking her leg out straight behind her when she walks, drooping her wing towards that leg, acting lethargic and resting on the curled toes of that foot... but only at night! This has been going on for the past 2 nights and she's perfectly fine during the day, scratching, eating drinking, ect. She also has trouble balancing at night I had to put her in the nest box to sleep. It seems she's worse tonight than she was last. Any help would be greatly apprieciated!

  2. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under chookgal [​IMG] Welcome! I wish the circumstances in which you join us were nicer and I am sorry to hear that your hen is unwell.

    I am definitely not an expert when it comes to what ails chickens but some of the symptoms sound like they could be neurological and possibly Marek’s but because it is only at night, it could be temperature related [​IMG] I recommend posting your question on the Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures Forum:


    I hope that you are able to discover what is wrong with her and also treat her.

    I also hope you enjoy BYC. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
  4. chookgal

    chookgal In the Brooder

    Nov 18, 2016
    Thank you both! I'll try there
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Welcome to BYC and good luck over on the ER forum.

    Best wishes
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Those are unusual symptoms, could there be something on the roost that injures your chicken? Do others on the roost peck at her? What she does with her leg does sound like Marek's but she would be the same way during the day.
  7. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

    Nov 30, 2014
    Middle Tennessee
    Check for mites, they're usually only active at night... and her ears for an ear infection... her equilibrium may be off, but during the day when she can see she *may* be able to compensate... darkness may hinder her ability to keep herself straight... just some ideas... good luck...

  8. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Good luck to you, hope your girl will be ok.
  9. chookgal

    chookgal In the Brooder

    Nov 18, 2016
    Thank you everyone she's fine tonight! Earlier this morning a different hen was doing the exact same thing. I gave the chickens water with apple cider vinegar, a probiotic, and she stopped a short while later. My hen that was doing it before also stopped. I think it was a parasite/neurological thing. Thanks again to you all!
  10. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    I have a thread I started some time back about one of my gals who has similar symptoms, nighttime only but not for days like yours did:


    She has only had the two episodes and the last one was September. I did, however, start them all on a liquid feed supplement [Anitone] once a week.

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