Rooster can't walk

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ambergds, Oct 20, 2016.

  1. ambergds

    ambergds In the Brooder

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    I found my rooster this morning unable to get up. I can't feel any injurys and he was fine yesterday. He is 17 weeks old. His symptoms are, leg paralysis, open mouth breathing, stretching his neck then his head will collapse, body twitching. [​IMG]His eyes look normal. I have him separated with food and water close by. I will attach a video of him. Does any have any idea would could be going on with him? Does this look like mereks?
     
  2. TroyerGal

    TroyerGal Songster

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    I had a hen with those symptoms... She died [​IMG]
     
  3. ambergds

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    I can't add a video but can email it to anyone that is interested. Thank you
     
  4. ambergds

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    I'm sorry to hear that! Did you find out the cause?
     
  5. TroyerGal

    TroyerGal Songster

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    I did a necropsy.. I didn't find much. She was missing a lung though [​IMG]
     
  6. ambergds

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    Wow missing a lung? Crazy!
    I just really hope it's nothing contagious! I will be sad to lose this guy, he is the friendliest chicken I have ever had!
    Anyone else have any ideas?
     
  7. ambergds

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    My cockerel is still alive this morning. He is still complete paralyzed and appears to be having seizures or convolutions. Could this be mereks even though it was sudden or is something else more likely? If anyone had any thoughts I would really appreciate hearing them.
     
  8. That does sound like Mereks.
     
  9. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Songster

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    I cant see is he doing the splits if so thats Mareks
     
  10. Mereks has many symptoms that not all birds show...Some are only carriers with zero symptoms. Sorry...it sounds to be Mereks.

    Cheers!
     

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