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Staggering chicken looks drunk, shoot it to save
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Kane Kounty Ken    Posted 07-02-2003 at 03:50:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi all
Finally got my flock up in numbers close to 55 birds Java's, polish, lackenvelders, black spanish, old english, aurucanas,.

Recently, I noticed one of my 12 week old pullets walking around in a daze losing her equilibrium. Seems to be eating ok, but this concerns me. All my birds are free range, with bread supplemented from the local grocery store, as well as layer mix cracked corn and sweet feed remnants from the goats.

is there anyone that knows a poulttry ailment that causes a chicken to do this?

Note there are no fermented fruits that one may think could of affected the bird..

should i shoot it in order to be safe or isolate it?

another option is to put it in a milk crate , put in in a field 300 yards from the coop and surround it with snap traps (the proverbial sacrificial lamb).

Ana    Posted 07-02-2003 at 14:51:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep, I had a Maran cockerel act just like that. I was told on another website that it sounded like "crook-neck" which I had never heard of, but she said it was common in silkies. They do recover and it can be caused by various things like vitamin deficiency, eating something bad, or just swallowing poorly. I gave the Maran extra vitamins, kept him separate of course, and he did recover for the most part, but he still seems a little "retarded" so I don't know if he'd actually be able to breed or if I'd want him, but he's growing into a big "fryer".

Cindi    Posted 07-02-2003 at 04:05:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
You're squeamish like me I take it. But it's still better, if you decide to 'end it all' to use the old chopping block. I've never had any drunk chickens before, and if it was mine I would quarantine it for a few days and see what happens.

DeadCarp    Posted 07-02-2003 at 06:39:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'll second the quarantine motion - chances are the silly thing pecked something to alter its balance - a bit of moldy grain or even a half-swallowed horse hair or fishing line will make them act like that (our resident blue crane Ichabod helped himself to some kid's fish last summer and ended up trying to teach a rod&reel to water ski - oh lordy what a sight - poor Ichabod's squaking and flopping about 6 feet in the air and this rig's bouncing along the river behind him :) - but just in case it's something serious......

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