Chicken cannot walk or stand

Question
Chicken cannot walk or stand: My chickens just started to limp. Some cannot walk some have a leg turned backwards and cannot stand.

If I take them to their food and water they will eat and drink. I thought it was from the other chickens jumping on them but now I know its not. I bought all of these from farm and fleet in the spring.

I am getting eggs from most. I also bought some Polish from a breeder in the spring and they are all dead except for two. Do I need to give them more protein like dog and cat food?

About one week ago another bird started getting depressed and now she is dying she can not keep her balance. Any suggestions. There is no nasal discharge at all.

Answer
Oh, dear. It sounds like you might have accidentally introduced disease into your flock.

I would strongly suggest that you not use these eggs until you find out what is wrong with your chickens.

At the same time, you can take that opportunity to check at the feed store for an antibiotic that most closely sounds like it’s for the symptoms you are seeing or take one of these sick chickens to a local vet experienced in testing for and diagnosing poultry disease.

If you find an anti-biotic on your own, or the vet prescribes it, most say not to eat the eggs for a period of time.

These chickens are terribly sick and their coop and area most likely contaminated. Giving it a good cleaning and disinfecting may prevent any more losses, but I would be very careful bringing any new birds into the area until you know what this is and believe you have it under control.

A good balanced diet for chickens is always the best defense against disease. Dog and cat food are probably OK once in a while, but not balanced for chickens.

There are high protein chicken feeds, breeder and grower feeds, designed for poultry that would be much better.

Many dog and cat foods contain fish and animal fats that can easily become rancid and wouldn’t be very good for human egg consumption.

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Mar 28, 2011
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by: Anonymous

I HAVE 7 HENS AND ONE IS ONLY WALKING WITH A LIMP THE OTHERS ARE FINE SHE IS JUMPING MOST OF THE TIME WHEN SHE GOES INTO THE HEN HOUSE TO ROOST.CAN YOU HELP
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Thank you for your question. Will you please post the question in the question section. Also,
give as much information as possible, ex.(age, symptoms, breed and locaton). The more information you provide the more accurate we will be able to diagnose the problem.

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