Please help. Vet has no idea

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by pugspigchicks, Aug 8, 2018.

  1. pugspigchicks

    pugspigchicks Chirping

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    12 week old polish started with sudden onset of ataxia with neck twisting and jerking 6 days ago. Progressed to sitting to straight spastic legs. Wings work fine as she tries to fly. Legs are hypertonic. If I prop her chest to force her legs in the correct position she tries to run and move them correctly. She is eating and drinking. She’s bright eyed and currently on all vitamins. The vet has posted her case on a national vet board. He does not think it’s Mareks. To me it looks like vitamin E deficiency. Any thoughts. Thank you.
     

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  2. Brahma Chicken5000

    Brahma Chicken5000 Araucana Addict

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  3. pugspigchicks

    pugspigchicks Chirping

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    That’s what I’m treating it as but her legs?!?! I don’t get her legs being fixed in front of her and spastic. I’m hoping others have seen this presentation. Thank you.
     
  4. Brahma Chicken5000

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    I wonder if it could be genetic :confused:
     
  5. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Don't lie. Don't cheat your way through life.

    What do you feed this bird?
     
  6. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Don't lie. Don't cheat your way through life.

  7. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Don't lie. Don't cheat your way through life.

    Part of the Vet. E section and the thiamine section:
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  8. pugspigchicks

    pugspigchicks Chirping

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    She’s been on organic chick starter/grower. All other birds are fine including the 2 others from the same breeder/same age. They also get rooster booster in their water and mealworms.
     
  9. pugspigchicks

    pugspigchicks Chirping

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    Yes, the straight hypertonic legs can happen with vitamin E deficiency. I have her on vitamin E, thiamine, selenium plus Polyvisol. My bird vet has never seen chickens with legs like this. This was a sudden onset. Is it reversible? How long would you treat?
     
  10. pugspigchicks

    pugspigchicks Chirping

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    Thank you.
     

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