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Foot twisted

I got a new Silkie hen last week.
3 months old.
One foot is twisted and curled up.
She is eating and drinking. She moving around pen but dragging foot.

What can I do, any advice?

Glenn
Sunday, February 14th, 2021

It sounds like Marek's no cure.

paddycrawford
Sunday, February 14th, 2021

Not mareks

Glenn
Sunday, February 14th, 2021

How can you be sure.

paddycrawford
Monday, February 15th, 2021

^^^
Did you quarantine her?

Sulky Bantam
Monday, February 15th, 2021

Yea she out on her own. Heard it could be lack of vitamins

Glenn
Monday, February 15th, 2021

Was she like that when you bought her?

Joseph lawler
Monday, February 15th, 2021

She was fine when I got her. Got a pair and other 1 is fine. Got vitamin today so hopefully see if that works?

Glenn
Monday, February 15th, 2021

What vitamins?

Sulky Bantam
Tuesday, February 16th, 2021

When we had some Pekin chicks hatch some years ago with curly toes I read that it could be a lack of vitamin D on the mother hen's part. Sadly I would be more inclined to think this is mareks. Since you have only just got her perhaps it would be a good idea to contact the breeder.

Joseph lawler
Tuesday, February 16th, 2021

How do U know its not mareks OP?

Sulky Bantam
Wednesday, February 17th, 2021

I have this problem with a chickenm of similar age at the moment. Apparently it's Vitamin B2 deficiency. The curled up feet is a sure sign, especially if the chicken is eating and drinking OK (Apparantly with mareks they won't be eating or drinking) A treatment I came across was to give the chicken 100mg of B2 2 days in a row then make sure they had a feed source that contained B2.


After some research I got complex B vitamins (50mg per tablet) for human treatment. I Crushed up 1 tablet and added it to a scrambled egg. And did this 4 days in a row. Vitamin B is water soluble and what ever the chicken doesn't need will pass through harmlessly.

The poultry grower that I was feeding my chicks doesn't contain any B vitamins. Can you check yours as I'm curious to see if this is a possible factor?

AdrianR
Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021


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