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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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10 o week old chick looks as if is drunk. has eaten and

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10 oweek old chick looks as if is drunk. has eaten and drank very wobbly
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Bird
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. An ataxic ("drunken sailor") chick of that age may be suffering from Marek's disease (herpesvirus), one of the equine encephalitides (not in the UK), paromyxovirus, West Nile virus (not in the UK), any number of infectious bacteria, or have been intoxicated. An avian vet might prescribe an antibiotic you would administer directly into this chick's mouth. Testing is available but it's best to approach the diagnostic process with a clear sense of this chick's financial value to your operation. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.