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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chelsea14, Oct 30, 2014.

  1. chelsea14

    chelsea14 Hatching

    Oct 30, 2014
    Went out to clean my quarantine hen house where my 28 hens are that I picked up free off Craigslist last week. They were very under weight so they are getting free choice (which is how i feed anyway) but one hen has started walking almost spastic like, tail is drooped down but when she walks she really seems to use it for balance. I have a video but it won't let me load it. However I would love to add one if anyone knows how to do it!
  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    You should not get any more chickens before you get your current ones healed. Fatten them up by making sure they have feed all the time. Give them foods such as oatmeal, mealworms, eggs and rice. (Treats should only take up 10% of their daily diet though.) Give them water with ACV or garlic. Here is a link on that. https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/...t-and-natural-ways-to-keep-your-flock-healthy

    For your other hen, have you checked her feet? Does she have bumble foot? Here is a place to post in for info on how to heal her https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/10/emergencies-diseases-injuries-and-cures

    Once your flock is healthy and healed, you need to quarantine new chickens for at least three weeks. Then use the "see but don't touch" method for introducing them. This involves placing a barrier in between the two groups so they meet without have fights. Do this for about two weeks or more. Then take the barrier out and provide extra feeders and waterers. Here is a link on introducing.https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/adding-to-your-flock

    Good luck!
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
  4. chelsea14

    chelsea14 Hatching

    Oct 30, 2014
    Thank you I did just post it there and will try the you tube :)
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 9 Years

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    You have to be cautious getting birds from an unknown source. Hope someone can diagnosis her and give treatment advice.
  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word Staff Member Premium Member 7 Years

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Always worm new birds. Since they are coming from an unknown source, you have no idea of their condition. Use some Safeguard Liquid Goat wormer or some Valbazen and get them wormed first thing.

    Safeguard Goat Wormer: 1/2 cc for large breeds, 1/4 cc for bantam types...Once a day for 3 days

    Valbazen: Same dosage, once every 3 days for 9 days

    If you see any respiratory ailments, get them on antibiotics. Sulfadimethoxine or Duramycin.

    Check them all over for mites and get them dusted and sprayed. Get down to the skin and not just on top of the feathers. Concentrate around the vent, back of the neck and under the wings. Repeat in every 5 days for a few weeks.

    Keep these birds quarantined away from all healthy birds for 30 full days after they have recuperated.
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  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing 5 Years

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    The other posters have given you some good advice. I would definitely post in the Emergencies section; hopefully, members there can diagnose your hen's illness.

    Good luck!
  8. XxMingirlxX

    XxMingirlxX Songster

    Dec 12, 2013
    Lancashire, England
    If she is walking spastic, it could be scaly leg mites, bumble foot or mareks disease
  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing 5 Years

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    I'm sorry to hear about your bird![​IMG] I hope she turns out okay.
  10. chelsea14

    chelsea14 Hatching

    Oct 30, 2014
    I decided to cull her and take her in for necropsy today. They found 2 white spots on her liver and a possible enlargement of a nerve. Next step is to send it to a histopathologist.

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