Post by stephenkristie on Sept 16, 2011 20:08:17 GMT 8
Hi Guys heres a doozy for you. My mum has a healthy ancona hen second season of laying that suddenly seems to be partly paralysed? it can kinda hobble and wings a a little droopy other than that healthy. SOOOO whats wrong with her? They are free ranging chooks and all the others are fine. She eats if she hobbles over. I looked for ticks but couldn't find any plus its not really tick country i really need some help on this one please?? Thankyou
Post by annieyokie on Sept 16, 2011 21:49:15 GMT 8
There are lots of answers or possible answers from A- a dislocation or damage to her back quite likely I have seen roosters damage hen in this way , D-B-a calcium deficiency -being an older hen -calcium depletion can ending some paralysis , C-Botulism can cause paralysis or food poisoning but the bird would appear sicker . A heavy parasite infection or even Maraks is possible (although unlikely as she is a older bird ) There will also be other possible causes such as Tics like you suggested these are just some I can think of off the top of my head . Good luck getting to the bottom of it.
Last Edit: Sept 16, 2011 21:53:14 GMT 8 by annieyokie
Is there possibilty of a wild cat climbing in and trying to catch a free feed. I actually lost some pullets last year thought it was canniblaism on the dead pullets then realized there was a couple of pullets walking funny. Dispelled cannibalism as they would have been eaten out with only a carcuse left the dead were still whole bodies not touched by other chooks. I actually saw the cat hanging around the pens on the grass it was as game as ned kelly! We moved the pullets into a pen with a roof no more problems mind you this cat was scaling 6 ft high plus fences. Found it dead on the main road I thought great no more cats now I have another one to deal with.
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