What has made my hen lose her equilibrium?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Jksmith, Sep 26, 2012.

  1. Jksmith

    Jksmith Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 1, 2011
    I have a 6 month old Silver Laced Cochin hen that I found a week ago in the run unable to walk without falling over and losing her balance. I isolated her immediately, and started tetracycline w/electrolytes in her water because a few months ago another hen of mine became ill with a bacterial infection and this regimen turned her right around. At first, I thought this Cochin had the same thing but it’s obvious now that this is something different. It has been 7 days since I have been treating her and her balance has improved only slightly. However, she is alert, has a good appetite, is drinking, and gets around by walking low and taking small steps. If she stands up completely and tries to walk normally, she falls over, to one side or the other, within 2 or 3 steps. I have carefully examined her body for injuries and have found none. Her feet are in great shape with no signs of bumblefoot or anything else of concern. Her poop is normal as well.
    Any idea what may be going on? Have any of you seen these particular symptoms before? Any info you might have will be much appreciated. Thanks in advance
  2. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2012
    Los Angeles
    Has she been wormed? I had a hen once who was falling over and walking like she was drunk. Turned out to be round worm. Super nasty.
  3. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    If the antibiotic doesn't work, I would have to think it's something neuro or maybe Marek's. Eating and drinking is a good sign. Only time will tell.
  4. Jksmith

    Jksmith Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 1, 2011
    Hmm, hadn't thought of that but anything is possible I guess. I'll worm her and see if that helps.

  5. Jksmith

    Jksmith Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 1, 2011
    I'll read up on that as well.
  6. PenelopeRose

    PenelopeRose Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2015
    Hi. What was the outcome of this hen’s issue? My girl isn’t wobbly when walking (she is if jumping) but she seems disoriented. She didn’t come running out of the coop when I opened the door. Her food bowl was full. When I put it under her nose, she ate it. And drank. Poop is normal. When I hand fed her a snack, she kept missing the food and accidentally pecking me. So appetite is good but she seems “off” or disoriented. She is only a few years old. She layed an egg and Was fine last night.
    Any advice / suggestions?
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2018

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