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RIR hen - 2.5 years old (1 of 4) has been ill. Now, not

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eating/drinking (unless I syringe feed)...
RIR hen - 2.5 years old (1 of 4) has been ill. Now, not eating/drinking (unless I syringe feed) and unable to stand/walk. Seems like she is bottom heavy. Will not stand on her legs. Seems off balance. I've separated her from her flock. Perked up some today with me syringe feeding water/feed mixture. What could this be? What else can I try?
Submitted: 3 months ago.Category: Bird Veterinary
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Bird Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
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Bird Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Please let me know if you still need help. May I have an update on Martha, please?

While this is necessarily conjecture because I can't examine her hands-on, you appear to be describing a swollen coelom (abdomen) which has quite a few etiologies - none of them pleasant. I need you to review the possible causes of a swollen coelom here: http://www.hobbyfarms.com/6-causes-of-swollen-abdomen-in-chickens-2/

Please clarify "webble" for me.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I did check for possibly being egg bound. Did the Epsom salts soaks. She died this afternoon. I am wondering if she had a neurological issue since she was unable to stand/walk or use her wings. She passed at home. Her flock has said their goodbyes.
Bird Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago

My condolences for your loss of Martha. Both Marek's disease (herpesvirus) and the avian leukosis virus can affect the neurologic system. Less commonly, paromyxovirus, West Nile virus, and the equine encephalomyelitides are found. Without a necropsy, we can't know cause of death. Necropsy should be a consideration in large flocks; less so in small "backyard" flocks. Thank you for taking the time to let me know. You may receive an inappropriate follow-up from the site ostensibly sent by me. It wasn't and I apologize in advance should you receive it.

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