very sick hen started respiratory now leg?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by juspeckinaround, Nov 7, 2014.

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    juspeckinaround Out Of The Brooder

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    My favorite hen came down with a respiratory infection (we believe) & i began treating her with tylan. I secluded her and was having to hand feed her. After 4 or 5 days it appeared she was doing much better and I moved her back outside in her own coop. However next day came a bad storm and she got cold and wet. Following morning she could not stand up. Her leg is dangling and toes are curled. I'm giving her tylan and hand feeding her again. Can someone please help me?!???
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    Sorry about your hen. It's possible that she may be suffering from Mareks disease. I would start poultry vitamins in her water today just in case of a riboflavin deficiency, and keep her warm. Was she vaccinated for Mareks as a chick? She needs continued supportive care being as close to feed and water as possible. Have you had any chickens die of mysterious symptoms in the past, or those who have had problems walking? Here are some links to read about riboflavin deficiency and Mareks:
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/publications/6/diseases-of-poultry/217/vitamin-b2-deficiency
    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. juspeckinaround

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    No this is the first sickness we have dealt with. I don't know if she was vaccinated, however I doubt it. I have 3 other chickens that are recouping from respiratory.... I just don't understand what's wrong with her leg.
     
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    Mycoplasma synovitis is a respiratory disease that can also affect the joints, and cause lameness, swelling of the joints, legs, and feet. The limp leg and curled toes sounds off for that. Riboflavin deficiency and Mareks are ones that cause curled toe paralysis, but since it is a neurological symptom, something else could be the cause. Keep us updated after you give vitamins. Even a Super B Complex tablet crushed or dissolved in her water would help, or Nutritional yeast is another good source of B vitamins.
     

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