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    brownysfp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Speckled Sussex, approx 1 year old.

    Symptoms: Head-shaking, loss of balance, sitting back on "haunches"; after handling, unable to get up for a while, lies on side but head up and looking around.

    Bird is clear-eyed, alert and eating well; comb and wattles red and undamaged.
    No discharges, nasal or otherwise; feathers are clean with no loss: no mites or ticks found.

    Birds receive vitamins and have been wormed. Diet is cereal (wheat, corn), whatever they forage and occasional treats.
    No other birds (another roo, four hens) affected.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Head shaking can be a sign of a respiratory disease, an ear infection, or ear mites. I would look into the ears and use a QTip to see if there is any discharge. Was your chicken vaccinated for Mareks disease? Some of the symptoms sound neurological in nature, so I would continue vitamins, observe, and check the ears. Mareks disease can cause some of the symptoms, but it can only be diagnosed with a necropsy, or a blood test. Poisoning could also be considered as a possibility. Here are some links to read about Mareks:
    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
     
  3. brownysfp

    brownysfp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for your suggestions, I'll follow them up and post later.
     
  4. brownysfp

    brownysfp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK, a bit of a delay in replying...
    The only sign that anything was/could be wrong is a slight droop to the left wing. There is no loss of balance anymore, no head-shaking.
    He continues to be very alert: eyes are bright, plumage is very clean, he has an appetite; he pays attention to the hens but has no mating rights being second roo. Repeated checks found no mites, ticks, fleas, wounds or discharge.
    He lives in a mixed flock: aside from the five other chickens, there are a pair of peacocks, a trio of turkeys and a trio of alpine goats.
    There is plenty of room and roosts are separated by species.The male goat isn't concerned with mere fowl but the girls are a pair of thugs.
    Could he have sustained a blow to the head, a butt perhaps? You can see straws being grasped here and it's my least favourite option.
    We did up the wheat ration in case it was a vitamin deficiency, that's the only change.
     

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