Pullet sitting on heels

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SammyLee, Jul 28, 2016.

  1. SammyLee

    SammyLee Just Hatched

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    Hi,
    I've noticed that one of my 12 week old EE pullets doesn't walk much and when she does it is awkward and she often sits on her heels. Her eyes are fine, she eats, she drinks, she gets up and down from the roosts just fine and none of the others bully her. When at a feeder or waterer she sits on her heels whilst munching away instead of standing like the others. When she does walk, her legs appear to cross more so than her siblings and she never goes particularly far before sitting down again. I've felt her up and down, but I can't feel anything wrong with her. I really don't think it is Marek's, as she has been this way for weeks and nothing else appears to be wrong (i.e. no laboured breathing, no twisted neck, her eyes are fine). Anyone have any ideas?

    Thank you.
     
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Sounds like mild Marek's Disease paralysis.
     
  3. LBClearview

    LBClearview New Egg

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    I had a couple start with a penguin stance, they were eating and otherwise seemed ok. They were to young to be an egg issue
    Ended up trying medicated chick crumbles with the supplement called Kicken Chicken and they started improving in a few days
    Good luck
    Laura
     

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