A SICKLY SILKIE

Country Smallholding - - Vet's Forum -

QI have a three-yearold Silkie that has de­vel­oped loose lime- green stools and she is hav­ing trou­ble hold­ing her tail end up. She is very un­steady on her feet and has stopped walk­ing about, and just leans against the wall. What can it be and how do I treat it and will my other hens get it?

VR SAYS:

With al­most any other breed, I would say that your bird has a liver prob­lem, but with the lack of bal­ance as well, it could be Marek’s dis­ease, for which un­for­tu­nately there is no cure. If it is liver dis­ease, then an an­tibi­otic should help. See your vet quickly. Silkies and Se­brights are par­tic­u­larly prone to Marek’s dis­ease and most of them are vac­ci­nated against it as it is a her­pes virus. This vac­ci­na­tion has to be given at day- old. It is not ef­fec­tive in adults. Marek’s also has a nasty habit of pro­duc­ing tu­mours any­where in the body of a hen. At the age of this hen, it could have de­vel­oped th­ese; the par­a­lytic form of Marek’s is more com­mon at pu­berty.

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