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Hens legs failing

Over Christmas 2of my bluebells lost there footing ,1has died & other is still eating but can't walk ,today another hen legs are failing , any ideas what could have caused it ,they have not been out due to weather.

shannon mist
Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

Could it be mareks disease.did they lose power in legs and kind of stumble around the they lie down with legs stretched out and toes stretched with a turn in them.i had birds with mareks before with the above symptoms and they ate like horses.even when I filled the hopper they would stumble over to it and eat like normal while falling around the place. I culled all the ones who had it as I don't think they would ever recover and was hard to watch them thrashing around the place.feathers ended up a mess and wasn't fair on the birds.hope that helps.not saying that's what yours have but could be.

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

could be mereks or a vitamin deficency, try giving a childs multi vit tonic for a week
i use ABEDEC (spelling) sounds like abbydec.

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

Hi,I have a hen lame on one leg since last October. Thought she might have fallen from roost or injured herself in the coop. She doesn't put one leg down at all and balances herself with her wing sometimes. Can't find any marks or sores on her feet. Other hens are fine. They are fed on Fancy Feeds pellets. Wondering if Pearls advice of multi vitamins would help?.

FLood K
Thursday, January 4th, 2018

If they are walking on their hocks or like a Penguin then it is a vitamin deficiency. Tinned oily fishy is a help.

Saturday, January 6th, 2018

Thanks everyone I've given the abedic vitamin tonic &no more hens have failing legs the other 2, haven't got worse &just seem to be limping , I lost 2 hens .

shannon mist
Sunday, January 7th, 2018

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