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PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2017 2:23 pm 
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Noticed White leghorn cockerel had blisters on comb and earlobes on 23 April. Photo below.
Isolated him from other Chooks. A few days later he was unable to walk. He was taken to a vet who prescribed antibiotics but was unsure as to what was wrong with the bird. Do birds go lame from anything other than Mareks? Is it likely that he will get better or should I take him back to be euthanised and investigate whether he has Mareks?


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Age:8 month
Breed: leghorn
Sex: male

Your Location- country, state (different areas/climates have different problems)
ANSWER: Clare SA

What is wrong? What symptoms have you noted? - As much detail as possible please.
ANSWER: blisters noticed 2 weeks ago. These have turned into scabs and are now dropping off. But he has been unable to walk for the past 5 days.


What are you feeding? - Please list everything you're feeding to your birds, including type of basic feed, free ranging, scraps, extras, etc. If possible give approximate percentages.
ANSWER: usual feed of scratch mix, water, no scraps

Full droppings description.- colour, consistency, frequency, offensive smell.
ANSWER: totally normal, firm

Respiratory Changes?- eg. breathing sounds, discharge, laboured breathing, facial swelling
ANSWER: no change

Digestive Changes?- eg. eating, drinking, crop filling & emptying
ANSWER: no change

Condition Changes?- eg. Weight, comb/wattle colour, skin, feathering
ANSWER: none


Behavioural Changes?- inc. socialising, laying, crowing, broodiness
ANSWER: not crowing

Agility Changes? - eg. any lameness, favouring, energy levels
ANSWER: lame. Right leg extended behind. Left leg under body. Moves around using wings.

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: not wormed

1. When was the bird last wormed??- approximate date.
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2. What product was used to worm the bird, and how was it given? ? eg. in the drinking water, on the skin, by injection?
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3. Was a follow up dose given? (eg. 10-14 days later)
ANSWER:

Any other recent medications?- antibiotics, coccidiosis meds, herbal remedies, etc
ANSWER: took bird to general vet who didn't seem very sure. Prescribed ronivet-S
Other changes? – additions to the flock, diet, housing, extreme weather
ANSWER: no other changes

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PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2017 5:14 pm 
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It certainly looks like Marek's disease. Classic posture.
Could also be a heavy worm burden causing the issue.

I would get a diagnosis by doing a faecal float for worms, if no worms then on necropsy for Mareks so you know what you are dealing with.

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 Post subject: Re: Fowl pox and Mareks
PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2017 5:28 pm 
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Thanks Erika.
Is there a kit for doing a faecal float?
Assuming it is a heavy worm burden what is the likelihood of recovery from lameness?

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