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Polish Hen

StumpyStumpy Junior Member
edited November 2006 in Poultry Health and Welfare
We have a polish hen that seems to have lost her balance. She can't walk straight,she lists to the right and crashes into walls or the cage. Her poop is watery. She is trying to eat and drink. I gave her some gatorade in her water--as I was advised. Please help her three sisters are fine!


  • crazychickcrazychick Senior Member
    edited November 2006
    How old is she? Is she having trouble walking (losing balance etc) or seeing? Maybe you could trim her crest back to give her a chance to see better and also to have a look at her eyes...

    It could be that she has smacked her head on something or gotten heavily pecked- polish and silkies have very thin skulls on the top of their head due to the domed skull and often sustain injuries, causing them to lose balance or be temporarily paralyzed. The other concern is a disease called Mareks disease which can cause paralysis as well. My suggestion would be to separate her from her siblings, bump up her feed a bit (tinned catfood or hardboiled eggs, wetmash etc.) and keep her eating well. You could offer her 5 aspirin per gallon of water (regular strength aspirin, and not tylenol or ibuprofen) given free choice OR you could get a drug from your vet called metacam (0.1 mg/kg once per day) that will also help with any pain or inflammation- both with the mareks and with a head injury.

    Hope this helps,

  • SandySandy Senior Member
    edited November 2006
    She may have a form of Rickets and she is leeching her own calcium from her own bone struture making her bones softer and unable to stand her own weight

    Try this

    Rickets diet

    mix up 2 to 4 tablespoons of rolled oats
    2 tablespoons of yoghurt.. cultured one.. not the one with sugar or fruit in it
    2 tablespoons of grated apple
    2 tablespoons of grated carrot
    cook 1 egg.. use the yolk only.. crumble it into the mixture
    1 very small teaspoon of honey
    a few grains of multi vitamin powder.. grains not grams... a little goes a long long way
    1 tablespoon of tin beef cat food

    Mix all together.. make sure it isn't runny ... but soft... so she can eat it ok

    Put this out for her in the mornings to eat... you may need to give it a mix up to break it up .. sometimes it packs down...

    When its gone.. mix up some of the layer pellets.. with hot milk and grated apple.. no corn

    make into a hot mash for the bird to eat ... once again not sloppy.. but hot and wet .. but not hot enough to burn her mouth or tongue... put fresh clean water close by for her to drink.. in a low dish not a high one she won't be able to reach it

    put these formulas into low dishes also so she can actually sit and eat rather than try to stand to eat

    Please let me know how she responds to this ... put her out so she can stretch her wings and check that her vent is clear of any droppings.. if she can't eleiminate then she won't eat

    Prop her up each side with some towls if you need to or just hold her while she eats.. don't allow her to fall to her side and stay there..
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