Why would a seemily healthy pullet get sick so fast!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickflick, Sep 21, 2009.

  1. chickflick

    chickflick Overrun With Chickens

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    I have a 4 month old red sex link that was healthy a few days ago. Then about 4 days ago I noticed her limping. Checked her out and didn't see any injury and just assumed she hurt it jumping up on the saw horse. Let her sleep in the corner of the coop so she wouldn't have to jump down. She was out limping, but still getting around. Yesterday, she didn't come out of the coop. Picked her up and she wasn't using her right leg at all. Put her in the hospital in the garage and now today, she isn't using either leg and has labored breathing. What can it be??
     
  2. HennyPennies2007

    HennyPennies2007 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickflick..had to pm ya and let ya know I feel your pain. Just culled mine...Life sucks sometimes...Hope you are having better luck....I tried everything.... Thought it was cocci, botulism, Marek's...I finally couldn't take watching her suffer any more while I guinea pigged....Hang in there....

    Hennies
     
  3. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    My guess would be botulism, mareks, lymphoid leukosis. Start researching those and see if anything else matches the symptoms she has. Botulism will take them quickly - labored breathing followed by complete paralysis (laying on side).
     
  4. chickflick

    chickflick Overrun With Chickens

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    Thanks, HP. Reba died during the night. Think it was Marek's but don't know for sure. It's hard when they are our pets... we get so attached.
    It sure is discouraging when you reach out out for help and no one answers. Guess they were too busy playing their games or chatting to bother to help.
    I appreciate you replying. [​IMG]
     
  5. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    chickflick, I'm so sorry you lost her. [​IMG] I would bet with how fast she went it was botulism. Please do a search of everywhere your chickens are or have access to for anything mouldy or decaying. Look for spilled water, foodstuff, etc. A toxin could also cause the same symptoms, so any chance of poison? Just something else to look for or consider. Again, I'm so sorry.
     
  6. chickflick

    chickflick Overrun With Chickens

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    Thanks, hinkjc.
     
  7. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    Awe, Rose...I'm so sorry! [​IMG] Just saw your post. I odn't know as there was anything you could have done for her, and I'm sure she lived a wonderful life with you as her chicken momma!
     
  8. chickflick

    chickflick Overrun With Chickens

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    Thanks Wynette. It's just so frustrating to see a young healthy chicken die like that. But, she did have a good, spoiled life, as short as it was.
     

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