Sounds like it is MAREKS!! Leg's are turning blue.... Please help!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by steffpeck, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. steffpeck

    steffpeck Songster

    Mar 25, 2007
    Erda, UT
    My little pullet that is almost 7 weeks old, was not using one leg yesterday, I thought perhaps it had been injured. I brought her in the house and have her in her own little pen with food & vitamin water. She is eating and drinking. However she just lays there. And now she cannot use either leg. I stand her up with both feed on the ground, and if I let go of her she just falls to the ground, and both legs are turning blue. Please someone tell me what I am dealing with, and if there is anything I can do to help her. This just makes me sooo sad!!!

    Is it Mareks??

    UPDATE: I posted on Dr. Brown's forum and he replied back that he is fairly certain that it is Mareks. [​IMG] I don't know what to do. I just want to cry!! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2008
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Sorry, Steff, I have no idea. Never heard of that happening so not sure what it would be.
  3. KellyHM

    KellyHM Crowing

    Sep 10, 2008
    Lakeland, FL
    It almost sounds like she had a stroke and has lost the blood supply to her legs (if that's what you mean by turning blue). The stroke could have been in the abdominal aorta near the legs, not necessarily in the head. Not sure, just what it sounds like you're describing.
  4. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    i have no advice, but i am sorry you are going through this![​IMG]
  5. steffpeck

    steffpeck Songster

    Mar 25, 2007
    Erda, UT
    It's frustrating, she looks just fine, her coloring is good, except for her legs. She is eating, drinking, preening herself and even cooing. She is so sweet and so cute. I really hope that she will be ok!! I did post on Dr. Brown's site so hopefully he will have some advice for me.
  6. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Doesn't sound like Mareks...Penny's legs never changed colour...
  7. steffpeck

    steffpeck Songster

    Mar 25, 2007
    Erda, UT
    Thanks Spotted.
  8. So sorry to see this happening to you. Just keep the baby warm and comfortable and let nature take over. I have never heard of this.
  9. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    The only suggestion would be to keep her comfortable...
    I'm sorry, Stef.
  10. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    I've never been told Mareks can make their legs blue, sounds like poor circulation. Keep up the supportive care and see how she is in a week.

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