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Silkie Bantam ER

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SilkieGirl011, Jan 17, 2015.

  1. SilkieGirl011

    SilkieGirl011 New Egg

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    I have a silkie bantam rooster who is experiencing an almost hallucinogenic experience where he almost drunk and I found him tucked in a corner in my coop almost 2 days later. I kept him overnight and I've had him in a cage since January 12th. He acts like a blind person and can't stand up but he has "stiff legs" and tries to flap around and can't eat or drink without me. i've been taking care of him for a week now and I'm wondering if he's suffering or not. I love my rooster but not enough to take him to the vet. I have to force him water but he's eating and drinking and pooping. It sounds like a stroke but im not sure. And ideas?
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Was he vaccinated for Mareks disease? He sounds as though he could be having neurological symptoms which could possibly be a symptom of Mareks, but wry neck symptoms can also be fairly bizarre. Do his eyes look normal, as in color, and pupil shape or size? Does he have any lameness or weakness of legs or wings? Mareks cannot be diagnosed without testing of blood, or a necropsy performed. Eye prolems can be a sign of Mareks, but not every chicken with Mareks has eye problems. Poisoning or a head injury could also be considered as as possibility. I would give him a good poultry vitamin such as Poultry Nutri-Drench, Poultry Cell, or a powder vitamin in his water, in case it could be a vitamin deficiency. Give him some egg or chopped tuna, salmon, or meat mixed with his feed. 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. SilkieGirl011

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    his eyes, noise, etc. All look fine. His legs get stuff sometimes and he can't stand. I gave him electrolytes and chick starter but unfortunately after two weeks of doctoring he succumbed to whatever he had. I'm still baffled and sad
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Sorry for your loss. If you see any similar symptoms in other chickens, I would get a necropsy done for Mareks disease by your state vet.
     
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