Sick 14 week old Silver laced wyandottes chickens

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Kellyanne, Dec 17, 2014.

  1. Kellyanne

    Kellyanne New Egg

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    Hi Guys just wondering if you could help me
    Im very new to this sorry if this sounds silly as iv only ever had adult chickens before.

    ok so my problem is I brought a breeding pair of the most beautiful silver laced wyandottes love them.

    Anyways iv incubated there eggs a few times the chickens hatch with out drama and grow really well no problems,
    but when they get between the ages of 14-18 weeks there legs get weak and they hobble around until they cant walk anymore but they still eat and drink fine. Iv checked them for ticks.

    When I incubate its always been with other breeds light Sussex, speckled Sussex, Gold laced Wyandotte, RIR, they all hatch same time kept in the same brooder box same pen together. But its only the SLW chicks of mine that get sick as iv also had SLW from other people and they are fine.

    iv looked up Marek's, cocci and a bunch of things even incest.

    What could it be?
    breaking my heart I think another will have to be sent to heaven this afternoon :-(
    Please help

    Thanks Kel
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. I would be very suspicious of Mareks disease, but since it can't be diagnosed without a necropsy on a dead chicken or a blood test sent off to Texas A&M (or other center,) then I would recommend sending one to your state vet for necropsy. The symptoms for coccidiosis are lethargy, weakness, puffing up with head drawn back into shoulders, diarrhea , with or without blood, ruffled feathers, and not eating/drinking. The treatment is 5 days of Corid (amprollium) in the water. There are many conditions that can appear like Mareks which you can read about below. Here are some links to read about Mareks disease and a link for your state vet to ask questions about euthanasia and necropsy:
    http://www.usaha.org/Portals/6/StateAnimalHealthOfficials.pdf
    http://extension.unh.edu/resources/files/Resource000791_Rep813.pdf
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/the-great-big-giant-mareks-disease-faq
    http://partnersah.vet.cornell.edu/avian-atlas/#/disease/Marek's_Disease
     

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