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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 7:22 am 
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Hi everyone, to by surprise my much loved big broody hen has deteriorated over the last 24 hrs. Yesterday morning she was able to walk and eat fine. However when I got home from work she was hobbling very bad and using her left wing to prop herself from falling, as her left leg appeared injured and her claws clenched. I had assumed my female broody duck had a go at her as they like to compete for the same spot. Usually it is harmonious sharing the spot so I did wonder. Last night she slept on the dirt beneath the other roosting chickens and had not moved at all this morning. Her comb had gone a dark maroon but she took some water and dry cat food treats when offered. Her neck and tail are down now and poop seems to just fall from her bottom. It is a lighter greener tinge and alot of white gritty and chalky like texture. I want to take her to the vet when they open but wld like some expert advice on what this might be? The vets in my area aren't poultry experts and I want the best for my girl. Their grain mix was changed 3 days ago also to a mi-feed laying mash in a hessian bag. Other chickens seem fine. Any help most appreciated. I have attached photos to this post.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 7:40 am 
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She is about 3 years old so Marek's disease is unlikely?


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 7:59 am 
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Worms? I haven't wormed them yet this season and had planned to this weekend.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 9:20 am 
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My first thought is worms. What product do you use?
Another alternative could be poisoning - could she have eaten something toxic, is there an ammonia build up in the pen Does she sleep on the floor?
Snake bite?
It doesn't sound like an injury.

I hope the vet can help her


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 11:01 am 
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Thanks for helping. I've taken her to the vets.. experienced bird specialist I was able to find so he's pretty on to it. She has a kidney infection most likely. On antibiotics. Their kidneys press directly along their spinal cord and it makes sense that if the kidneys are inflamed she wld have trouble walking. Paralysis in her left leg and lots of urates in her droppings. Shes been broody so a build up of bacteria from holding in her poop is the best explanation. Shes 4kg... big girl ;)


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 11:09 am 
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Thanks for the feedback. Hope she recovers OK.


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