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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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She's drinking excessively and opening her beak sporadically

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She's drinking excessively and opening her beak sporadically to breathe making a slight huffing noise when she breathes. She doesn't seem to see as well as she used to. Her right leg isn't working well and she's not walking
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: no wound. Our vet came to the house, although he doesn't know much about chickens and she swacked when he touched her right knee
JA: The Expert will know what to do. What is the bird's name and age?
Customer: Vixen about 5 mos
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the bird?
Customer: she's not interested in eating, just staying next to the water and drinking a lot
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Bird
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month 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 Vixen, please?

That's quite a problem list:

polydipsia - renal disease, hepatic disease, heavy metal toxicosis, dehydration

dyspnea (difficulty breathing) - significant respiratory compromise due to air sacclitis, pneumonia, paralysis of the respiratory muscles

loss of visual acuity - primary ocular disease or diseases of the optic tracts in her brain

lameness/not walking - injury, infected joints, paralysis

Marek's disease (herpesvirus) should be an important consideration. Regretfully, these hens are lost. There is no treatment for Marek's.