Stumbling hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by KGBYB, Aug 12, 2014.

  1. KGBYB

    KGBYB Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a fairly young hen (March if this year) who has been fine up until now. She keeps stinking and it looks like maybe she has one of her legs (or both) giving out in her. Can't see any visual injuries, didn't see her get hurt or anything either.
    Golden lace Wyandotte if that is significant at all
     
  2. KGBYB

    KGBYB Out Of The Brooder

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    Stumbling not stinking
     
  3. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Look up mareks on here. Hopefully it is not that but its a good place to start.
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Did she have a Mareks vaccine? How long has this been going on? Do you notice her trying to balance with her wings? Does one or both legs seem paralyzed or does she drag it? Is she eating and drinking okay? Here are a few links to read about Mareks, and let's hope she just has an injury at this point:
    http://extension.unh.edu/resources/files/Resource000791_Rep813.pdf
    http://partnersah.vet.cornell.edu/avian-atlas/search/disease/502
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/the-great-big-giant-mareks-disease-faq
     
  5. KGBYB

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    She's eating and drinking. She'll walk on it just fine and then it's like it gives out or like it hurts so then she lifts it and loses her balance
     
  6. KGBYB

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    I watched her walk- and run this morning. I really feel like the best way to describe it is that she looks like she's trying to pass the "walk the line" DUI test. Make sense?
     
  7. Eggcessive

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    Maybe her leg is sprained, or she has a bone or tendon deformity. Try some poultry vitamins in the water for a few weeks, or at least a B Complex tablet dissolved in the water each day. Check the bottom of the foot for any signs of bumblefoot (redness, swelling, or a black spot.) Look at the legs all the way up the leg and compare them for any swelling, especially in joints and above the hock or elbow.
     
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  8. KGBYB

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    Are you thinking possibly rickets?
     
  9. Eggcessive

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    Rickets is one of the possible vitamin deficiencies that can affect chicks to cause weak or bowed legs, and a soft or cross beak. I would worry about Mareks or an infectious disease such as MS, viral arthritis, or riboflavin deficiency. Vitamins are always something to try first with leg problems. With riboflavin def. they can have curled toe paralysis, and sometimes will sit on their hocks.
     
  10. KGBYB

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    I think we've got a bit of a more problem, too. Done of the older girls have looked dull all summer
     

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