Sick chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Lemontea66, Jan 30, 2017.

  1. Lemontea66

    Lemontea66 Out Of The Brooder

    54
    0
    39
    Aug 11, 2012
    Powder Springs GA
    I have one of my Millie Fluer chickens that is eating fine drinking and acting normal except for it is paralyzed and seems to be getting worse by the day. It started out just dragging 1 foot now it seems too be affecting both feet and legs and He just wobbles around on his belly. Anyone else had this happen. Also this is not the first to do this. I had another hen die after several weeks of progressively getting worse.
     
  2. ChickenChaser9

    ChickenChaser9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    580
    61
    118
    Feb 3, 2016
  3. Lemontea66

    Lemontea66 Out Of The Brooder

    54
    0
    39
    Aug 11, 2012
    Powder Springs GA
    All chicks I have now or ever owned were vaccinated
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

    30,735
    5,089
    561
    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Sometimes chicks who have been vaccinated can still get Mareks disease. There may have been a mix up at the hatchery where it was omitted, the dosage wa not sufficient, or the chick was exposed to the disease before it was fully immune (usually in 2-3 weeks.) Other diseases such as botulism and mold toxicity could cause paralysis. If it were me, I would contact your state vet or poultry lab to get a necropsy on this chicken when he dies. They may even euthanize him for you. Let me know if you need contact information for your state.
     
  5. Lemontea66

    Lemontea66 Out Of The Brooder

    54
    0
    39
    Aug 11, 2012
    Powder Springs GA
    That would be great information to have. Thanks
     
  6. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

    30,735
    5,089
    561
    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Here is the information on how to send and where:
    http://www.usaha.org/Portals/6/StateAnimalHealthOfficials.pdf
    http://www.metzerfarms.com/PoultryLabs.cfm
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/799747/how-to-send-a-bird-for-a-necropsy-pictures



    Georgia Poultry Laboratory- Glennville Dr. Doug Anderson
    1221 Downing Musgrove Road
    Glennville, GA 30427 Phone: (912) 654-0504
    Fax: (912) 654-0526
    Georgia Poultry Laboratory-Camilla 400 Burson Road
    Camilla, GA 31730 Phone: (229) 336-0001
    Fax: (229) 336-0018
    Poultry Diagnostic & Research Center Laboratory
    University of Georgia 953 College Station Road
    Athens, GA 30605 Phone: (706) 542-5644
    Fax: (706) 542-5630
    Georgia Poultry Laboratory- Forsyth P.O. Box 6025
    222 Industrial Park Road
    Forsyth, GA 31029-6025 Phone: (478) 994-1219
    Fax: (478) 994-1220
    Georgia Poultry Laboratory-Dalton 410 North Park Road
    Dalton, GA 30720 Phone: (706) 278-7306
    Fax: (706) 227-7408
    Georgia Poultry Laboratory-Carnesville P.O. Box 672
    159 A.T. Mauldin Drive
    Carnesville, GA 30521 Phone: (706) 384-2387
    Fax: (706) 384-2388
    Georgia Poultry Laboratory-Oakwood P.O. Box 20
    Oakwood, GA 30566 Phone: (770) 535-5996
    Fax: (770) 535-5941​
     
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2017
  7. ChickChic45

    ChickChic45 Just Hatched

    22
    2
    16
    Dec 29, 2016
    Hermiston Oregon
    There seems to be a lot of controversy re: vaccinating for Mereks now since there are 7 or more strains. What do you guys do?
     
  8. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,477
    529
    221
    Jul 19, 2016
    Iowa
    I vaccinate all of chicks for Mareks.If you are worried about Mareks don't go to Poultry shows,Chicken Meetup's and never buy a full grown chicken.
     
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2017

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by