1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    Not a member yet? join BYC here & then introduce yourself in our community forum here.

Please help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chelsea14, Oct 30, 2014.

  1. chelsea14

    chelsea14 Hatching

    9
    0
    7
    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 lady said they were under a year old. 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. Flowergal

    Flowergal In the Brooder

    4
    0
    30
    May 19, 2014
    Plumas County California
    Hi. I have no idea whats wrong with your chicken, I'm a new chicken momma. As far as the video goes..You have to upload it on to You Tube and then copy that link and paste into the video link icon. Just had to do that myself yesterday. Good luck with your chickens!!!
     
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member 7 Years

    34,991
    10,801
    721
    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    I would treat them with vitamins and electrolytes in their water. Coccidiosis can be a problem in older chickens when they move to new ground, since there are more than 9 different strains of cocci. Corid (amprollium) is the treatment for that. The one hen may have something neurological going on, but dehydration, coccidiosis, or even something like Mareks disease could possibly be a cause. She needs to be watched closely for symptoms of paralysis, or trying to balance with wings due to a weak leg. With new chickens, always check hem for lice and mites, and think about worming them. Valbazen is one of the best wormers.
     
  4. chelsea14

    chelsea14 Hatching

    9
    0
    7
    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.
     
  5. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member 7 Years

    34,991
    10,801
    721
    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Can you request a test for Mareks? I'm sorry for your loss.
     
  6. chelsea14

    chelsea14 Hatching

    9
    0
    7
    Oct 30, 2014
    That's what the histo will check for. Fingers crossed it's not.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: