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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 1:24 pm 
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Hi all, I rescued an ISA Brown (?) chook who couldn't walk and was on the edge of death through what I think was malnutrition and dehydration.
I was concerned about Mareks when I first got her but was hoping her floppy feet, lack of balance and eyesight was just malnutrition and a good diet of layer mix and probiotics would fix her up...
Long story short, 2 months later after a lot of care, she's walking and even enjoying a quiet free-range!

However, her depth perception seems really bad - aiming at food and water she's often 2-3cm off target.

My two other girls (hy-lines) have showed no sign of getting sick but I still worry I might have introduced illness into my little flock.

So, my question is, can dehydration and malnutrition do what I described and is two months a long time for recovery?? Hoping not Mareks...


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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 3:10 pm 
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Well done and welcome to BYP clarevf.
If she has improved rather than deteriorated after 2 months I would rule out Mareks as her problem Severe malnutrition may have affected her eyesight (or poor eyesight may have led to her condition).
I have a couple of chooks who have poor eyesight. The main thing for them is to become familiar with a limited area and to learn where food and water will always be available for them.

You may find this interesting
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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 5:30 pm 
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Thank you so much Sue! I've got the girls water in one set place and she seems to be learning about feeding time and coming over. Otherwise I take her a bowl of feed (she finds a bowl easier to eat out of it seems, maybe because all the food is in one pile?)
Glad to hear you don't think it's disease related - I'm just hoping she can enjoy her retirement in peace and health! :)


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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 8:01 pm 
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I have one blr bantam wyandotte who seems also to have bad vision up close often missing the food by a 1/2 inch. Thought of tucking her under my arm and taking her to spec savers for a eye test. :rofl: imagine a chook with glasses :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: .


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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 8:18 pm 
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PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2017 9:24 am 
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I like this idea!!

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/photo ... 4024_2.htm

Lenses could be inserted into the plastic :ugeek:


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