Year old hen won't put her feet flat on the ground! (Pictures in comment)

beckab

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Hello all. I could use some thoughts.
My favorite lady, a year old production black hen, just recently started having issues with her feet.
I have checked her legs and hips, nothing seems to be broken or out of alignment and she has good strength in both legs. But when she walks she walks on just her toes. She keeps the top of her foot peaked when she steps instead of putting them flat on the ground. Because this is an unstable position, she uses her wings more for balance and then sits down again a few steps later.
There are no lessons, sores, spurs, or marks on the bottom or top of her feet.
She is still eating and drinking, moving around the indoor and outdoor enclosures (but will not get up on her perch with the others), laying solid healthy eggs, & looks in all other respects to be healthy.
Any thoughts? Any one else had a chicken do this? Treatment options?
 
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Eggcessive

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It could be a vitamin deficiency, or possibly a symptom of Mareks disease (hopefully not.) I would start some good poultry vitamins in her water--they won't harm the others. Avian Super Pack is a good online brand, and you should be able to find Rooster Booster or another brand at the local feed store. Until you get some, if you have a vitamin B complex tablet you could dissolve it in her water, or give her 3 drops of PolyVisol baby vitamins without iron. Here are some links to read:
http://www.merckmanuals.com/vet/pou..._poultry/vitamin_deficiencies_in_poultry.html
https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/the-great-big-giant-mareks-disease-faq
 

beckab

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Oct 27, 2013
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It could be a vitamin deficiency, or possibly a symptom of Mareks disease (hopefully not.)  I would start some good poultry vitamins in her water--they won't harm the others.  Avian Super Pack is a good online brand, and you should be able to find Rooster Booster or another brand at the local feed store.  Until you get some, if you have a vitamin B complex tablet you could dissolve it in her water, or give her 3 drops of PolyVisol baby vitamins without iron.  Here are some links to read:  
http://www.merckmanuals.com/vet/pou..._poultry/vitamin_deficiencies_in_poultry.html
https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/the-great-big-giant-mareks-disease-faq

Thanks for the advice. I will look into the vitamins for the water. We are already using a vitamin/mineral crumble supplement in with the layer feed and extra harvest treat mix when I go collect the eggs. ;). They also forage and scratch all over the yard during the day.
I looked into Mareks as well when the problem first arose, but the place we got the chicks from said they vaccinate against it (not that it's always 100% effective) and none of the other symptoms apply to her. Thank goodness. Hopefully extra vitamins will do the trick. :D
 
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