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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Bird
Satisfied Customers: 58972
Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 48 years of experience.
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My three year old Pekin has gone off her legs, chicken,

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My three year old Pekin has gone off her legs
JA: What type of animal are we talking about?
Customer: chicken
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Can you tell me a little more about the chicken's situation? How long has this been a concern?
Customer: About two weeks. Started off as a slight limp. Cage rested her and it’s got progressively worse. Eating and drinking fine
JA: Does anything look different with the chicken's legs/feet?
Customer: no not at all. Not heat or swelling
JA: What's the chicken's name?
Customer: Bluebell
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: no
Submitted: 22 days ago.
Category: Bird
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 22 days ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 22 days ago.

I'm sorry to hear about this with Bluebell. If you've examined her legs from the tip of her talons up to her hips and found nothing untoward, we need to consider a central nervous system (brain, spinal cord) infection such as Marek's disease, paramyxovirus, lymphoid leukosis, or perhaps mycoplasmosis. Regrettably, progressive worsening rather than improvement gives Bluebell a grave prognosis for return to reasonable function. These hens are culled in production operations. A pet hen might be addressed by an avian vet but please consider her financial obligation to your operation.

Please respond with additional questions and concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 22 days ago.
Your advice would be to cull? I have been giving her mild pain relief twice a day
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 22 days ago.

Yes, as she's very unlikely to improve at this point. Analgesia can be provided by dissolving 1 325 mg adult aspirin in 250 mL (1/2 pint) of her drinking water. A new solution should be made up daily. Please continue in this conversation if you wish.

Customer: replied 22 days ago.
Thank you for you honest advice. Much appreciated.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 22 days ago.

You're quite welcome. I wish I could be more encouraging. I can't set a follow up in this venue and so please return to our conversation with an update at your convenience.