Young hen was fine last night, this morning, she is lame in one leg....

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by drealynn00, Sep 23, 2016.

  1. drealynn00

    drealynn00 Just Hatched

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    I read the posts about Merek's Disease and I really hope this is not it. This morning when I let my young hen out, I noticed she is not walking right. She is walking sometimes on the top of her foot, like it is curled under and she can't straighten it out. But then she splays her foot out and takes a couple of steps...It is only her one leg. She is currently being kept separate from my 2 other hens due to them scalping her [​IMG] She seems to be recovering very well from that horrible instance ( I did what a lot of people recommend and put her in the coop with my other two hens at night so they would all wake up together and be a happy family...Did not work!) I have her in a big pen butted up to the chicken run for my other two. Hoping they will someday get used to her...Anyways, this morning when I took her out of the box, I keep her in on my front porch over night, and placed her on the grass she has this lame leg. I am hoping it is only that she might have sprained it, or that she slept on it funny....What do yous all think..What is the best thing to do for her? She is such a trooper for putting up with the whole attack thing and I have grown very attached to her, I would hate to have her put down. Thanks in advance - AK
     
  2. Hello and welcome to BYC drealynn.

    Hmmm, I've never delt with Merek's Disease before.although I have read some about it.
    You say her foot is curled under?can you please get I picture of this?
     
  3. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC.

    Photos will help.
    How old is she?
    Marek's does cause paralysis in the foot and leg, but there are many other things that it could be. Curled toes and walking on top of it could be a vitamin B2 (riboflavin) deficiency. Offer her some poultry vitamins in her water, crush up a B-Complex vitamin and add it to her chick starter or grower food. Also offer extra protein like egg, tuna, mackerel or meat.

    Keep her separated until she has recovered.

    A see-but-don't-touch method of integration is usually a better method than just placing them in the coop at night. Your established flock will hopefully be more accepting once they have had time to see her and get used to the idea that she is there.
    You may also want to search here on BYC about introducing a single chicken.

    Vitamins:
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/publications/6/diseases-of-poultry/217/vitamin-b2-deficiency/
    http://www.tillysnest.com/2014/03/vitamin-deficiencies-in-backyard-chicks-html/
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/articles/3508/importance-of-vitamins-in-poultry-production/

    Integration Tips:
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2011/06/integrating-new-flock-members-playpen.html

    MAREKS
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/the-great-big-giant-mareks-disease-faq
     
  4. drealynn00

    drealynn00 Just Hatched

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    No improvement yet on my little hen...Thanks for all your suggestions. She is still walking like she has to muscle to straighten out her foot. Curls under and she drags it along. She seems happy and content, so I will let her be for a while yet. Thanks again!
     
  5. drealynn00

    drealynn00 Just Hatched

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    Sorry, I am still figuring out how to use the threads on this site. I will try to get a pic as soon as possible. Thanks!
     
  6. drealynn00

    drealynn00 Just Hatched

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    [​IMG] what do you think?
     
  7. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I'm sorry, try to post your link again, I don't think it went through.
     

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