White deposits on face. Paralysed legs?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by rebeccaahmed, Feb 7, 2015.

  1. rebeccaahmed

    rebeccaahmed New Egg

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    I have a black bantam rooster. He's around 4 months old.
    He was perfectly okay until he started having trouble running or walking. He tried to run away when you went near him but he kept falling.
    He eats and drinks a lot.
    He is getting less mobile and his legs are just straight out beside him.
    He seemed to be getting better until he started fitting. He has a fit but then straight after he kind of flicks back to normal and eats heaps.
    I'm wondering whether he needs to be put down :( I've been caring for him for weeks now but he doesn't seem to be improving.
    And the weird thing is he has white 'deposits' all around his ears and eyes. I try scraping them off but they're solid.
    I know I soubd mean keeping him. I will have him put down if I need to.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. Could you possibly post a picture or two of his face? Paralysis with legs out behind could possibly be Mareks disease, but vitamin deficiency, and other conditions such as lead poisoning or botulism should be ruled out. I would definitely give him vitamins in his water or feed, especially B complex and vitamin E and selenium. Most poultry vitamins contain all but the selenium, which is present in eggs, nuts, meat, and fish. The white patches could be favus, a fungal disease that should respond to miconazole or lotrimin, but a picture would help.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/the-great-big-giant-mareks-disease-faq
    http://partnersah.vet.cornell.edu/avian-atlas/#/disease/Marek's_Disease

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  3. rebeccaahmed

    rebeccaahmed New Egg

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    Hello. Thanks so much for your reply. I have some photos but I'm not sure how to attach them?
    Mareks disease unfortunately sounds like it can't be ruled out :(
    The White on his face has reduced a bit. I have a picture of that as well.
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Go to the search bar at the top and type in "how to post pictures."
     
  5. rebeccaahmed

    rebeccaahmed New Egg

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    Thanks! Just not possible to see these options on an iPhone [​IMG]
    First picture shows where his legs go if left unassisted. I prop him up in the sawdust with food and water within reach when I'm at work. The second one is just a general pic. he still looks bright and healthy in the eyes and feathers ( I think - but I am new to chooks). The last one shows some of the white on his head, but it is much less than what was there just days ago.


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  6. rebeccaahmed

    rebeccaahmed New Egg

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    I have separated him from the others now as I noticed they literally walk all over him and eat his food and peck him [​IMG]
     
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    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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  8. rebeccaahmed

    rebeccaahmed New Egg

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    Thank you - I did put dust all over him the other day, so it might be why the white bits have improved.
    Would lice cause him to not be able to use his legs though?
     
  9. rebeccaahmed

    rebeccaahmed New Egg

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    I mean - chicken dust from the farm store.....
     
  10. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Unfortunately Mareks seems very likely as the cause of the progressive paralysis :(
     

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