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 Post subject: Dizzy(?) Hen
PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 12:59 pm 
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Age: 2 years
Breed: Araucana cross
Sex: Female

Your Location- country, state (different areas/climates have different problems)
ANSWER: NSW South Coast

What is wrong? What symptoms have you noted? - As much detail as possible please.
ANSWER: This morning I noticed her walking sideways with her neck stretched to the side. Head still up the right way but sort of stretched towards the side away from which she is moving. The sideways walking can be to either side and happens when she is standing still or walking slowly. If she is walking forward with purpose then she seems to move just fine. When she is standing still or walking slowly it is like one leg crosses in front of the other so she goes sideways even though she is facing forwards. Looking at it reminds me of when I had vertigo. Not sure if it may have any connection but she was locked in the garage overnight a week or so ago. She got into my husband's tools and made a general mess of things but nothing toxic that I am aware of. On closer examination I also noticed she has a smallish patch of feathers missing from the front of her neck/chest but I've got no idea how or why. I doubt it is associated to moulting because she is done with that and has started laying again.

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: Red Hen 17. I've been too busy to offer treats for a good few weeks now. When there are treats they are boring stuff like cauliflower, corn, mince or apple and only tiny bits.


Full droppings description.- colour, consistency, frequency, offensive smell.
ANSWER: Normal

Respiratory Changes?- eg. breathing sounds, discharge, laboured breathing, facial swelling
ANSWER: Normal

Digestive Changes?- eg. eating, drinking, crop filling & emptying
ANSWER: Normal

Condition Changes?- eg. Weight, comb/wattle colour, skin, feathering
ANSWER: Normal, already bright red and laying again.

Behavioural Changes?- inc. socialising, laying, crowing, broodiness
ANSWER: Just started laying again after winter solstice.

Agility Changes? - eg. any lameness, favouring, energy levels
ANSWER: Normal as far as I can tell. I looked at her legs and feet, they seemed OK and not hot.

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: Moxidectin Plus

1. When was the bird last wormed??- approximate date.
ANSWER: March(ish)

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: Moxidectin Plus oral

3. Was a follow up dose given? (eg. 10-14 days later)
ANSWER: Yes, 21 days

Any other recent medications?- antibiotics, coccidiosis meds, herbal remedies, etc
ANSWER: No

Other changes? – additions to the flock, diet, housing, extreme weather
ANSWER: We have had a very cold snap over the past few days.

Photos? – any relevant photos are very helpful
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[i][color=green][b]check butt for any swelling, discharge or bad smells
Her butt (and the rest of her) seems to be normal.


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 Post subject: Re: Dizzy(?) Hen
PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:33 pm 
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Thanks for the checklist Sonya - nothing of concern re husbandry and there's nothing which points to any specific illness that I can see.

One of the varieties of Mareks, maybe, but she is past the high risk age. (thinking tumor affecting a nerve).
Botulism can cause balance issues but reaction is generally soon after ingestion so it's unlikely to be related to her garage retreat.
Any access to toxins, compost, stagnant water, rot or mould?

Araucanas often have a vaulted skull which makes them prone to head injury so that's a possibility.

Other than a vet visit I think the best treatment is tlc and time. Watch for any changes. So long as she is otherwise managing well, I'd not stress her by isolation unless she seems to need supportive care.


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 Post subject: Re: Dizzy(?) Hen
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:34 am 
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I just thought I'd update. She is back to normal and it appears that the cause of her odd behaviour may remain a mystery. I did leave her with the rest of the flock as she was coping nicely with them. She is boss chook and even in her disorientated state she was quick to give the others a peck if they stepped out of line. Over the next couple of days the dizzy symptoms slowly eased and now there is no trace. I wish I could at least offer some sort of cause or solution but at least it all ended well :-)


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 Post subject: Re: Dizzy(?) Hen
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:52 pm 
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Good to hear


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