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***PLEASE HELP MY CHICKEN IS VERY SICK! ***

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by bite the dust, Apr 16, 2017.

  1. bite the dust

    bite the dust New Egg

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    Hello all,
    I am new to raising chickens I've had them for about 6 months now and it's been so awesome! They just started laying we've had 0 complications the best pet ever until now.
    3 days ago I noticed something was up with my Delaware "whitey" she had a pretty hard limp something was wrong with her right leg. I inspected and there were no wounds, no swelling, she didn't seem in any kind of pain while I was handling her. So I segregated her and noticed her poop was the consistency and color of milk, no kind of texture at all. I gave her a warm bath (which she unexpectedly loved) and she drank some water with liquid calcium in it. This was about 3 days ago.
    Now it seems as though she has lost movement in both her legs, she won't move them at all. stool is still milky white with some broken down food now. And just today started panting a lot. She is eating and drinking, but I'm very concerned and don't know what else to do, and still can't find the source of the problem.
    Please help she is my 4 year olds favorite [​IMG]
     
  2. Jordys hens

    Jordys hens Out Of The Brooder

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    If she cannot move her legs and is paralyzed, I'm very sorry to tell you, it sounds like Mareks.

    Mareks is extremely contagious and is not able to be cured at this stage. I'm awfully sorry, but if it is Mareks, she will need to be put to sleep so she doesn't contaminate your flock.

    A quick google search of the disease may be able to assist you further.

    I'm so sorry, I recently lost one of my favourite birds also. I really hope she gets better.
     
  3. bite the dust

    bite the dust New Egg

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    I forgot to mention I ordered her online and did have them vaccinated. Also I don't know if I would say her legs are paralyzed I do feel her resist when I'm moving het legs especially around het toes. I haven't noticed any change in her eyes and she still seems very aware. I'm hopeful that its not mareks however that is the only thing I've read that affects the feet
     
  4. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Paralysis in the legs doesn't always mean Mareks.Many dieases can cause paralysis such as Botulism,Nutritional deficiency,Egg yolk Peritonitis and Mareks.I would put her in a dog kennel with food and water.Puting chick vitamins in her water might help too.Foods like tuna and scrambled are very high in protein.Does her abdomen feel swollen?Is she eating and drinking?How does her crop feel?Do you have a avian vet near you?Having a fecal flotation done would be good.If she does have mareks your other chickens will have it too.
     
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2017
  5. bite the dust

    bite the dust New Egg

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    I have her on a blanket in my shower stall and am going to try to put together some sort of sling for her today. The closest vet I've found that would see her is 3 hours away and not sure if that's practical. She is eating and drinking she has acv in her water and 5 star meals fruits, veggies, scrambled eggs, bread along with her normal pellets. I just gave her some electrolyte and probiotics in her water today so hopefully that does something for her.
    Her crop and abdomen feel normal however her comb looks a tad paler than usual today. I separated her as soon as I noticed something was different with her and thankfully haven't noticed anyone else out of their element
     
  6. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try this.

    http://www.aav.org/search/custom.asp?id=1803
     

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