Sick Chickens

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kenman, Mar 24, 2009.

  1. kenman

    kenman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a student who has leghorns about 10 weeks old. They came from a commercial poultry farm and they started dying on him. They throw their heads back and curl their necks. They became paralyzed and can't walk. Within a couple hours, they die. Any ideas out there of what it is? Or how to cure it?
     
  2. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    It could be a lot of things. I am thinking they could treat for rickets and see if that helps.

    A vitamin D3 deficiency. Try a good vitamin Polyvisol 3 drops 2 x a day for a week and then next week taper off.

    What all are the birds eating and how are they housed, etc???
     
  3. kenman

    kenman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are in a coop that is partly closed but has plenty of sunlight and are fed cracked corn and 16% layer feed.
     
  4. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    They should not be fed layer feed or cracked corn. They need to be on chick starter till 20 weeks. I think chick starter and vitamins may solve the problem. What type of bedding do they have?
     

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