Sick pullet and need some guidence on how to treat. Please help

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Timbercrete, Apr 5, 2009.

  1. Timbercrete

    Timbercrete Out Of The Brooder

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    Greetings all,

    I have a 9 week old RIR pullet the got ill about a week ago. She started out being weak and off by her self. As she progressively got worse, she would just sit and appear to sleep. You could just walk up and pick her up and she would not resist (totally out of character). At that time she dodn't seem to be eating or drinking. But when you would put her at the water, she would drink. Soon after I found her laying on her side in the coop. By a visual check she appeared to have died. But shen I picked her up, she opened one eye but was very weak. I removed her from the flock, and into a large brooder/cage. She, for a couple of days looked as if she was on her way out at any time. But she still would drink a little water. She now would just lie on her she with her head at a strainge angle. Legs would be extended out straight, and not have any function. I was prepared to cull but she was now eating. Now for the last two days, she is eating like a horse, drinking and has gotten more alert and stronger. She still will not stand or even sit. She just lays and eats. Her bowels are working fine and appear to be normal. The rest of the flock are just fine, with no ill signs.

    I have been trying to figure out what is going on with her. I'm concerned that she has had some type of neurological issue brought on by something and if she is going to come out of this or should I just cull her. I have searched everything i can think of, and can not find any answers.

    Please let me know what you think.

    Thank you.
     
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  2. Timbercrete

    Timbercrete Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry, but needed to bump it up. I need input please.

    Thanks
     
  3. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    I can't help you, as this is new to me, but I wanted to bump for someone else to see. I hope you find an answer.
     
  4. nerfy

    nerfy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Going to bump too.
    Does she move here legs at all?
     
  5. Timbercrete

    Timbercrete Out Of The Brooder

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    She moves her legs, yes, but tries to push them out straight. We have tried to get her to stand or at least sit on them and she justs lay over to her side. Really puzzling to me.
     
  6. itsme1493

    itsme1493 Out Of The Brooder

    I have a week old black giant doing the same thing....and chirps alot
     
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  7. Timbercrete

    Timbercrete Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, mine did also. She now just lies there and kind of thrashes.
     
  8. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

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    There are some diseases that cause paralysis so you need to separate her just in case. But, it could also be something as simple as a vitamin deficiency and you could give her a few drops of Poly-Vi-Sol (liquid baby vitamin/supplement by Enfamil). Give her a couple of drops in her beak a couple of times a day. Also try feeding her some scrambled egg now that she's eating - its rich in vitamin and nutrients.

    I hope she gets better.
     

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