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The chickens get spastic legs and have hard time get around

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the chickens get spastic legs and have hard time get around still eat and drink but eventually die
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: yes, no wound more like muscles not cooperating
JA: The Veterinarian will know what to do. What is the bird's name and age?
Customer: Belgen Quail 9mo.
JA: How old is Belgen?
Customer: 9 months
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Belgen?
Customer: no
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

Marek's disease (herpesvirus) is the most important consideration when a 9 month old chicken's legs appear as you've described. Please look at this site and let me know if your chickens look like the image shown and if any other symptoms of Marek's have been seen:!mareks-disease/c1qzk