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Date Posted: 08:51:43 08/15/13 Thu
Author: D C T -- friendly poultry orthopedist
Subject: Re: 2 month old pullet with splayed leg
In reply to: Ashley 's message, "2 month old pullet with splayed leg" on 04:14:14 08/15/13 Thu

As always "a picture is worth more than a thousand words"
or a person doing a repair must be certain exactly what
needs to be repaired. This pullet may have an injury or she
may have a disease such as Marek's disease. Or she might
have a touch of botulism. The symptoms of botulism vary
according to how much of this toxin has been ingested. The
worst case of it will have painful muscle spasms and death,
A lessor case may involve neck twisting or leg weakness
that lasts for several weeks. These birds may recover if
given a very large amount of "tender loving care" as well
as a bit of prednisone (cortizone) multivitamins and
chopped greens of the cabbage family.
-------The clasic symptom of Marek's disease is for a bird
to have one leg forward and the other pointed back---
and some victims of botulism will be in the same position.
But both benefit from a bit of cortizone and vitamins.
This is to heal inflamed nerves that are causing the

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