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splay leg in grown birds

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chikinwhisperer, Dec 8, 2014.

  1. chikinwhisperer

    chikinwhisperer Out Of The Brooder

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    Does anyone have experience with splay leg in grown hens? I have a golden comet, about 7 months old that just started showing symptoms of splay leg. She's eating and drinking, but can't walk. Thanks for any advice.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    A picture of her standing and sitting, if possible, may help. Can you describe how she stands, sits, and how she gets to food and water? Have you had her long? Could she have been injured? She may have some sort of leg bone deformity or neurological problem going on.
     
  3. chikinwhisperer

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    Thanx. I will post a pic as soon as I find our camera. Her left leg goes straight out behind her, bur the right leg goes out front. On both feet the toes are curled under. She seemed fine until about a week ago.
     
  4. Eggcessive

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    That sounds a bit like it could possibly be signs of Mareks disease, but please don't take that as a diagnosis. I hope it's not that, and I would explore other possibilities such as lead or chemical poisoning or something else. I would start poultry vitamins right away in case it could be riboflavin deficiency. Make sure any vitamin contains that--Poultry Nutri-Drench does not. Here are some links to read about Mareks and vitamin deficiency:
    http://www.merckmanuals.com/vet/pou..._poultry/vitamin_deficiencies_in_poultry.html
    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
     
  5. chikinwhisperer

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    Thanks for your information. I'm afraid my hen may have Mareks. We had another hen that produces similar sympoms but only lived two days. Guess I better keep a vigilant eye on the rest of my flock. I only have 8 total.
     
  6. Eggcessive

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    I'm sorry that you think she has Mareks. Don't give up hope, because sometimes (rarely) there can be spontaneous recovery from paralysis, although they may later develop tumors. Some can live for a long time with extra care. Also, you should explore all possiblilities before giving up, in case it is not Mareks. There can be a necropsy performed on a refrigerated body by your state vet to find a cause of death, and you can request to test for mareks disease. Here is a link to reach your state vet if you are in the US: http://www.usaha.org/Portals/6/StateAnimalHealthOfficials.pdf
     
  7. chikinwhisperer

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    I have her on vitamins and antibiotics. Yesterday I took thr cord off where I had her legs tied together, and she sits with her legs under her, not splayed out in both directions, and she seems to be trying to stand. I'm not giving her up yet!
     

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