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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 4:49 pm 
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Hi everyone,
Just wondering if anyone had any ideas on what might be wrong with my chook?
Last night I went to feed them and noticed that one of my PR pullets wasnt looking good........would walk then fall over like she had been drinking or stoned!!
I have 5 PR's ( one roo and 4 Pullets about 16wks old) I have had them for about 4 wks.
They were wormed about 2wks ago.
To day the sick pullet isnt any better I have been giving her water with a syringe, she wont eat or drink. Her crop is empty. She looks aleart at times, and then just sits there with her eyes closed. Still walks abit then falls over, no breathing problems just her mouth slightly open. I have seperated her from the others. They free range in a very large yard all day and are locked up at night. No posious weeds around, all the other 4 appear to be fine, they are all feed grower pellets and vegie scraps, have access to clean freash rain water at all times. So if anyone has any ideas that would be great. Thanks for taking the time to read my post.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 5:23 pm 
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Age:16 - 17wks
Breed:Plymouth Rock
Sex:Pullet

Your Location- country, state (different areas/climates have different problems)
ANSWER:North East victoria

What is wrong? What symptoms have you noted? - As much detail as possible please.
ANSWER:Falling over, staggers, no energy, not eating or drinking

Full droppings description.- colour, consistency, frequency, offensive smell.
ANSWER:Unable to see as yet

Respiratory Changes?- eg. breathing sounds, discharge, laboured breathing, facial swelling
ANSWER:no breathing problems, but has her mouth open alittle bit

Digestive Changes?- eg. eating, drinking, crop filling & emptying
ANSWER:Crop empty, Im syringing water into her mouth

Condition Changes?- eg. Weight, comb/wattle colour, skin, feathering
ANSWER:
no cahnges
Behavioural Changes?- inc. socialising, laying, crowing, broodiness
ANSWER: was trying to keep up with the others, but Ive seperated her

Agility Changes? - eg. any lameness, favouring, energy levels
ANSWER: sits down with eyes closed

Describe your usual worming routine and products. [If none, say so and skip the next 3 worming questions.] Do you have a cycle that you use eg. every 3 months, or every six months?
ANSWER:wormed about 2 wks ago

1. When was the bird last wormed??- approximate date.
ANSWER: 2 wks ago

2. What product was used to worm the bird, and how was it given? ? eg. in the drinking water, on the skin, by injection?
ANSWER: drinking water, piperazine solution

3. Was a follow up dose given? (eg. 10-14 days later)
ANSWER: not yet

Any other recent medications?- antibiotics, coccidiosis meds, herbal remedies, etc
ANSWER:
no
Other changes? – additions to the flock, diet, housing, extreme weather
ANSWER:I had other PRs at 20wks of age but I have sold them in the last 2wks, so I just moved the little ones into where the bigger ones were, after I had cleaned and removed all the old straw, but I placed the old straw aound some some fruit trees where the chooks free range?

Photos? – any relevant photos are very helpful
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 6:39 pm 
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Hi

Gee - all I can tell you from that information is that you have a sick chook. Can you feel her breast bone and her general condition, is the breast bone all bone and pointy or does it have a good covering of flesh. Does she feel weightless to pick up. Is her comb and wattles pale or a good reddish colour.

Does she have a foul or yeasty smelly breath. What are her poos like. Does she have stains around her vent. Does the area around her eyes seem swollen or seeping pus.

We need to know things like the above

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 8:23 pm 
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 8:35 pm 
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Hi Mike,

Her breast is in good condition with a good cover, she was eating and drinking up until last night. Her breath smells fine. She hasnt yet done a poo so Im unable to tell you about that at this stage. She does have a small poo mark on the bottom feathers, but her vent area is clean. Her eyes are clear no signs of any puss or oozing. I posted some photos. She is no worse than last night :confused:
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2012 5:14 pm 
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This morning she has become really unsteady on her feet, falling over more offten, her poo was normal not offensive and no signs of blood, so Im now thinking Mareks?????
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2012 6:19 pm 
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Hi

Thats a real possibility given the progessive nature of it and the age of the fowl. Time will tell as if it mareks its only going to get worse.

It may also be neurological - a stroke or something similar.

Have a real good look at her eyes - tell me if the pupils are an even size, not discoloured and not mis-shapen. Also shine a light into each eye and tell me that the pupils contract to the light and evenly.

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