Chicken Balance Questions


A number of issues can affect chicken balance. Here we are speaking of the physical ability of a chicken to stand and move about, as it wants, when it wants and needs to.

As with humans, balance is a vital skill that develops early in life, and can be affected by inner ear problems, fever, malnutrition, dehydration and injury. Discovering the cause for loss of balance is the first step in treating it, if possible.

Injury takes time to heal, generally requires isolation from other chickens that may attempt to bully a weaker one. Behind any loss of balance, in one or more of your flock, is a root cause, probably a disease. Some diseases can be vaccinated against, ensuring your chickens will be safe from some diseases, but not all.

Being an observant keeper of chickens will be your best tool in treating minor problems before they get out of hand. Simple dehydration and malnutrition can be handled with adequate food and water and aided with vitamin/electrolyte mixes designed for stressed or ill chickens.

Treating symptoms is important, and may save a life, but may not solve the root cause. Parasites can lead to these problems and must be safely treated and eradicated before a full recovery can be expected. Diseases and infections can lead to fever, loss of appetite for food and water, general weakness and inability to function normally.

A chicken balance problem is a symptom of some other problem less obvious. Quick and good detective work, to discover the cause, will result in being able to take life-saving action and possibly preventing the threat from spreading through the flock. Sometimes the cure may be as simple as securing the water bucket to prevent it tipping over on a hot day. If you have a question you would like answered click here.


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Chicken Balance Questions

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3-5 YEAR HEN WEAK 
Found chicken lying on side, opened coop door and all 4 came out including this one. When she walked, she waddled very slowly. She is either 3 or 5 years …

IS THIS GENETIC? 
Ive had 2 chickens from different batch this will be my third comming down with this condition. They slowly become paralyed? I feel its from inbreeding …

LEG THIN - LIMPING 
One of my chucks is hobbling on her right leg ,it is also a lot thinner ,any ideas

LOST TAIL & BALANCE 
This has been going on for 3 months now. My rooster normally big n tough has lost his tail n balance overnight. I looked at his tail n feathers underneath …

LETHARGIC CHICKENS 
I have two chickens that won't walk around much. They take a couple steps then sit back down. Eating and drinking but not a lot. I don't know what is wrong …

SILKIE OFF-BALANCE 
I have a 5 month old silkie hen. All of a sudden she is losing her balance. She can just be sitting down and fall over. We had to remove her from the …

OFF-BALANCE BABY CHICK 
Hello, We have a baby chick that hatched a couple of weeks ago. The chick has had a problem with balance and spends most of the time on it's side. …

ONE DIED, THE OTHER CAN'T STAND 
I've had two young chicks about 2 months old one started to like stagger and act like it was falling forward and then it started to look like it's legs …

WHY DO MY CHICKS LEAN SIDEWAYS? 
I have 4 4 week old chickens and 3 of them are leaning to the side while sitting. Watermelon rinds were fed to them. No external injuries no falls or …

LIMPING CHICKS & KEETS 
I ordered 15 chicks from mypetchicken.com on March 21st they were housed inside then in a small coop with a run presently I hatched my own keets inside …

WHY IS MY CHICKEN "UPRIGHT"? 
What would cause my 3 yr old light brown leghorn hen to be walking upright? I thought she might be egg bound and gave her a 15 minute warm bath but even …

PHYSICAL THERAPY FOR INJURED PULLET? 
We got 9 hens and 1 Rooster a week ago. They were 12 weeks old. One decided to try and find a way out. So a huge owl tried to pull her through the fence. …

WHY WOULD A 4 WK CHICK HAVE TROUBLE WALKING? 
Chick is 4 weeks, scraggled feathers, tips foward. It has been vacinated for meriks. Why is it tipping foward and unsteady on its feet? It is alert.

What Could Cause A Swollen Eye & Unable To Stand? 
I have a rooster who has a swollen eye and cant get up rolls around . I did give antibiotics . he seemed to get better . but no he is rolling around fighting …

Why Is My Rooster Tipping Over? 
I have a full grown Bantam rooster who seems otherwise ok but he has no balance. He's alert, bright-eyed, bright color, and seems to have plenty of …

Auction Hen Having Problems 
Please HELPPPP, I GOT THIS HEN ALMOST 2 WEEKS AGO, SHE WAS JUST LIKE THIS WHEN I OPENED BOX, SHE'S EATING GREAT, AND DRINKING. SHE'S FIGHTING TO LIVE, …

Rooster with Walking & Balance Problems 
My roster is not walking around very well and acts drunk. I have him now in his own cage and he eats and drinks fine but not moving around much at all. …

New Chicks Having Problems 
I have a chick that hatched 5 days ago. He appears quite healthy, eats/drinks/poops like he should . However he is not able to stand or walk without …

Chicken Acting Drunk 
This bird is a 2-1/2 year old she just started acting a little slower than the other birds. Today when I got home from work she was still on the roost …

Wobbly Chicken  
Now my chicken is doing much better. Thanks Sharon.:)But I wanted to know if there's something I can feed him to make him stronger. He has turned little …

Problem walking 
I bought 3 chicks, 2 white silkies and 1 Black bantam hen ( Cochin? ) 12wks later I find that 1 silkie is a rooster and has been jumping my black hen. …

After a stroke 
Found my little 3 month old on the floor - no blood, no attacks, she was alert, but paralyzed, both legs. From there, she went into a semi coma - but …

Off Balance Chick


 
Question I just hatched some chicks from my chickens I raised. We hatched them in an incubator and 2 hatched and are doing fine, but one chick broke …

Buff Orpington losing balance and falling over


 
Question We have a Buff Orpington 18 months old which lives with two other Orpingtons and six hybrids. On Tuesday night she fell over and just …

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