Silkie shaking and kind of limping on both legs.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by suzanne2545, May 5, 2016.

  1. suzanne2545

    suzanne2545 New Egg

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    Hi there.

    I have a 6 week old silkie chick that has started to shake a bit and what I would call limp on both legs. There is no visible injury, he/she doesn't show signs of being in pain and is eating and drinking just fine, to my knowledge. It "feels" neurological. My main concern is that he/she is in with 7 other chicks and I'd rather not keep them together if whatever it is might be contagious. But I don't have any idea what to even consider and my dad who has kept chickens his whole life also kind of scratched his head. Hoping you fine people can make some suggestions.

    Thank you. Suzanne
     
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC.
    Can you post a video or photo?
    It could be a neurological/developmental disorder.
    What is the "shake a bit'? Is it like tremors/seizures or just unsteadiness?
    Was she vaccinated for Marek's?

    You can start by adding B vitamins - especially B2(riboflavin) to her water. You can usually find poultry vitamins at your local feed store.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/leg-foot-and-toe-issues-in-poultry-of-all-ages
    https://poultrykeeper.com/blog/diseases-common-to-silkies/
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/publications/6/diseases-of-poultry/217/vitamin-b2-deficiency/
    http://www.tillysnest.com/2014/03/vitamin-deficiencies-in-backyard-chicks-html/
     
  3. suzanne2545

    suzanne2545 New Egg

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    I will add some vitamin water this morning. I'm honestly not sure if the silkies were vaccinated. I bought four chicks from TSC. I have not had them vaccinated myself.

    Attaching a video. I would not say it is having seizures more of a general unsteadiness. Should I remove this chick from the flock until I know for sure? Mares is contagious, is it not?
    https://www.facebook.com/suzanne.upton/posts/10154177407226018

    Hopefully that link to my FB will work for the video.
     
  4. suzanne2545

    suzanne2545 New Egg

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    I would it say that the bird is having seizures. More a general unsteadiness. I put used four silkies from TSC the day before Easter. I guess I don't know if they were vaccinated. I will find out but I'm going to assume no.

    Do I need to isolate this chick?

    https://www.facebook.com/suzanne.upton/posts/10154177407226018
    Hopefully the link to the FB video will work.
     
  5. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    No FB account so unable to view video.
    I would separate her so you can make sure she gets plenty of vitamin water and eats well.
    If she doesn't want to eat you can try wet chick starter, adding a little hard boiled/scrambled egg or tuna if you like.
     

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