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Worried about my chicken

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by hcwiii007, Mar 31, 2015.

  1. hcwiii007

    hcwiii007 New Egg

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    3 months ago we rescued a chicken that had fallen from one of the slaughter trucks. Brought her home, gave her a bath, made a bed in the garage and named her Highway. Her coop is nearly completed, she is laying an egg every day and a half, and now she has developed a balance problem. When she lays down she extends a leg to one side. When she walks, she puts her wings out to keep her balance. She's eating, drinking, and still laying, but she doesn't walk. We have a short video but not sure how to post it. We would apprieate any and all advice from the experts at Backyardchicken.com

    Tessa
     
  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    Hello, glad you have joined us.

    So sorry Highway is ill and this does sound serious to me. I think you should post the question under emergencies to try and get some experienced opinions.

    Hope she does survive.
     
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Hello, and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our community.

    I'm sorry to hear about your injured chicken! I suggest posting in the Emergencies section: Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures It sounds like she may have Marek's Disease.
     
  4. hcwiii007

    hcwiii007 New Egg

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    Thanks for the advice. I've posted in the emergencies.
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  6. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Good luck with your chicken, Tessa![​IMG]
     
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Sorry about your hen, hope she recovers.
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Mareks came to mind here too. I hope I am mistaken.
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    If she had displayed those symptoms immediately after falling out of the truck, I would have thought brain /internal injuries.
     
  10. hcwiii007

    hcwiii007 New Egg

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    She is steadily getting worse. She is having difficulty getting to food and water. Her wings are extended even when she lays. It has not affected her appetite. she laid an egg day before yesterday so she's not egg bound. Anyone?
     

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