Questions about AE

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by emmasmama, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. emmasmama

    emmasmama New Egg

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    Hi, I'm wondering if anyone has experience with AE? I have a 2 week old chick who developed strong neck twitching 2 days ago. Then her leg went limp and curled, and she's not walking properly, just limping. She doesn't move much, and sleeps a lot.

    However, just when I think she's looking really bad she jumps up and starts pecking and acting fine - except for the leg. The neck tremors/twitching has now stopped. I have read that with AE you need to quarantine the bird, but I'm wondering for how long. If she does recover, how/when will I know, and when can she be reintroduced to the flock? She's currently in a separate box within the larger box containing our other 5 chicks.

    Any info would be appreciated! Thanks.
     
  2. DraigAthar

    DraigAthar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could it be a stargazer? Have you got your chicks on feed with amprolium in it?
     
  3. emmasmama

    emmasmama New Egg

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    She's a little buff Polish. I had her on the organic chick starter, which doesn't have anything extra in it, but the owner of the shop where I bought her suggested I switch to medicated feed, so I picked that up yesterday. I put a little sugar in her water too (per a suggestion from the internet), and she does seem to be eating and drinking okay.
     
  4. DraigAthar

    DraigAthar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's probably not stargzaing from amprolium then, if you only just now switched to the medicated feed. I don't have any experience with AE myself, sorry. It just sounded similar to a chick I had once with stargazzing issues that turned out to be an issue with the amprolium.
     
  5. emmasmama

    emmasmama New Egg

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    Thanks for the response! Silly me - I thought "Stargazer" was the type of chicken! As you can see I'm an absolute beginner... ;). The chick is actually doing much better, so I'm guessing it's not AE. The medicated feed seemed to help. She still sleeps a lot more, and limps a little, but is seeming much healthier than she was.
     

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