Sick hen with raised purple spot on skin and wobbling.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by FluffyButts11, Jun 13, 2016.

  1. FluffyButts11

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    Hi, one of my hen is not feeling well, just noticed yesterday, i need help figuring out what the disease is.
    She is wobbling, and not walking now, and all her feathers are missing from butt but not due to mites.
    She has a dark purple spot on her breast i will attach a picture - is this normal or something to do with her illness?
    My flocked was wormed a few weeks ago and im going to treat her for coccidosis.
    She has no respitory illness, waiting for dropping analysis.
    Her weight seems okay - a little under weight, she is pecking at small amounts of food.
    We had one orher hen pass away suddenly last week and her abdomen looked bruised, not sure what the cause was i though it might of been due to egg bound, now im wondering if they are linked.
    Thanks
     
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  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    How is she doing?
    How old is she?
    Was she vaccinated for Marek's?
    There are a number of illnesses and disorders that it could be, without testing or necropsy it is difficult to tell.

    Not saying this is what it is, but with the skin disorder, wobbling/not walking it could be Marek's.
    Talk with your vet to see if any testing can be done or if she doesn't make it, I recommend that you send her for necropsy especially since you had another die in such a short period of time with similar symptoms.


    Marek's Info and Photos:
    http://www.poultrydisease.ir/Atlases/avian-atlas/search/lesion/634.html (choose Marek's Disease on the "refine results"list look at "clinical signs" tab)
    http://partnersah.vet.cornell.edu/avian-atlas/search/disease/502#/disease/Marek's_Disease (photo#13)

    http://extension.unh.edu/resources/files/Resource000791_Rep813.pdf
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/the-great-big-giant-mareks-disease-faq

    Marek's Video:


    Necropsy info:
    http://www.metzerfarms.com/PoultryLabs.cfm
    http://www.usaha.org/Portals/6/StateAnimalHealthOfficials.pdf
     
  3. FluffyButts11

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    Thanks for the info. Her condition hasnt changed. I rescued her from farm store when she was a pullet, not sure if she is vaccinated, most of their birds are for eggs and meat, they clip their beaks and i think they vaccinate. she was laying in a cramped cage for two days with no water when i found her. Ive had her for 5 years now. my bird vet is only in on fridays, hopefully she pulls through but from experience i know she probably wont.

    Thanks again.
     
  4. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    If you haven't done so, separate her, offer her vitamins/electrolytes in her water - hydration is important.
    Hard boiled egg, tuna or salmon is also good to give if she won't eat much. You can try mixing her feed with water as well.
    Marek's is usually seen at a younger age than your girl (not impossible to show up in older birds though), so hopefully you vet will be able to do test.

    I'm sorry she is ill, I do hope she recovers.

    If you do find a definitive answer, please let us know, it will be helpful to others.
     

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