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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2012 6:30 pm 
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I have three months old chickens (Wyandottes). The first chicken started to get wobbly along with the wings drooping roughly 2weeks ago, now i have 2 more chickens with the same symptomes. Can anyone please help ?


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2012 12:05 am 
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at the top of t his section ( good samaratins) in the section in green is a sticky for sick chooks, it may help if you fill it in with regards to your chicks.

also what do you mean by wobbly..................

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2012 11:17 am 
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Droopy wings at that age; I'd strongly suspect coccidiosis. Get them a medication from your produce store and put it into the water.

Also fill out the list above, however.


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 Post subject: Re: wobbly chickens
PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 2:35 pm 
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Thanks for helping;
The wobblies is coming from the thigh joints,you can see them click with every step they take.
Otherwise they look healthy.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 2:54 pm 
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Did you get them onto coccidiosis medication?


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I've seen that click happening when a bird walks in a flock that had some serious inbreeding problems. I wasn't sure what exactly caused it but changing the breeding routine got rid of it in future chicks.

A similar clicking can sometimes be seen in chicks with slipped tendon but I would have thought they would have gone completely lame from that by now.

Are you feeding them a medicated chick starter?

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 Post subject: Re: wobbly chickens
PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 3:39 pm 
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I was feeding them a medicated feed up untill a month ago,now I had to move them in with point of lay pullets.
i stoped because of the withholding period for eggs?(Barastoc pullet starter)


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So at 12 weeks are you feeding them on a laying ration?

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Yep


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 Post subject: Re: wobbly chickens
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Righto. There's your problem straight away. Stop that. They are becoming deficient and it's affecting their legs. You will end up with permanent damage. You need to put them onto a grower ration suitable to their age. It really is different. It has a higher protein percentage and more vitamins and minerals. It is also lower in calcium which is another reason why layer ration isn't appropriate for growing birds. You should change over very quickly in order to try and avoid any permanent damage. I would also get them onto a vitamin supplement for a couple of weeks to try and rectify the problem.

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 Post subject: Re: wobbly chickens
PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 6:33 pm 
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If they absolutely have to go in with the POL pullets, you can get unmedicated pullet grower feed but at 12 weeks, they're a really bit young to go with larger hens, unless you have lots of space. Also, at 12 weeks, they're still a bit vulnerable to coccidiosis and may require medication separate to your pullets.

If your pullets aren't laying just yet, they won't take harm from using a grower ration (medicated or unmedicated) rather than a layer one, and they certainly won't be harmed by some vitamins in their feed.


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 Post subject: Re: wobbly chickens
PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 12:10 pm 
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Thanks for helping: Ive changed thier feed
About the vitamins,which ones & where do i get them from


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 1:02 pm 
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so glad i've come across this threat...

i have a laying hen and 16/17 week old pullets, i was told at the produce store that it would be ok to feed them on a pellet/scratch mix (which is medicated).

I still have some of the grower left and have basically got both being offered, both seem to be being eaten.

Can i confirm that this is ok please?


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 Post subject: Re: wobbly chickens
PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 2:45 pm 
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There is a big difference between pellet and scratch mix. What exactly are they getting? Pellets have a protein level of about 15% and scratch mix maybe 11-12%, which is way too low at that age. Although if it is medicated then maybe it is a pullet grower. Scratch mix should only be used as a treat anyway, not a staple diet. What brand is it and what does the bag say?

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This is the mix, there is nothing on the bag, plain white bag 20kg. I purchased it from Bellchambers in Canberra where alot of chicken people get their food from. I told him what i had, he said that this would be fine for all of them as the younger ones would be close enough to move onto it. I did ask if it was medicated and he said yes.

I am still offering the grower crumble which is still being eaten, given that i only have 1 layer at the moment, would i be better to go back to the grower - would that be ok for the layer?? Or can i stay with this mix??

Thoughts??


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