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Dr. Michael Salkin
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I have a chicken who developed lethargy and weakness. She walks

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I have a chicken who developed lethargy and weakness. She walks now however she steps on her own feet as she tries to walk in is unsteady and very weak. What could be her problem? She developed this at a bout six weeks old And is now about 9 weeks
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.
Lisa, while a generalized weakness can arise due to any number of infectious, nutritional, toxic, and congenital (present at birth) defects, a chicken of Butta's age who is paretic (weak)/paralyzed in the legs, wings, or neck should be assumed to suffer from Marek's disease (herpesvirus) unless proven otherwise. Please review this excellent link concerning Marek's: http://www.birdhealth.com.au/#!mareks-disease/c1qzk and let me know if Butta's condition is consistent with what you've read.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Butta. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin

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