Wry Neck in an adult chicken
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Has anyone had an adult chicken that has survived wry neck? I have been syringe feeding her with Poly-vi-sol, vitamin E and prednisone that I crushed and diluted with water. She is not eating and starting having occasional seizures a couple of days ago. Trying to decide whether or not to euthinize. She was either attacked or had an episode in the run 2 1/2 weeks ago and started looking ill a few days later. It took me about a week to finally figure out what was wrong. She is separated from my other girls and looks so sad.
I had one... Took about two weeks of tube feeding, but she recovered and lived another seven years. If you want to learn how to tube, I can teach you.
Please Kathy! I don't know if I can get a tube down her though. her neck is pretty severely bent outward. I am giving her three drops of poly-vi-sol mixed in a syringe of water, vitamin E 400mg. And approx. 1 mg. Prednisone twice a day. Should I add selenium or any thing else? What foods can I tube feed? I'm afraid she may aspirate food if I try to give it to her with a syringe.
Edited by survivorchick - 10/6/15 at 12:29pm
Is he eating and drinking at all?
Edited by animalgrl - 1/13/16 at 10:24am
Unfortunately, Cuckoo didn't make it. Friday she couldn't stand and Saturday we tried to medicate her and she started breathing heavily through an open beak. Found a vet who specializes in birds and he took one look at her and basically said she was in the process of dying and there was nothing else we could do. We had to euthanize her. The vet doesn't think it was a neck injury at all. Thinks we may be dealing with something viral, so now I'm worried about my other girls, though they all seem fine at this point.
- Fud Lady
Kathy, did you end up doing anything other than tubing your wry neck patient? My (almost) 5-year-old hen developed serious wry neck overnight last week. I strongly suspect a head or neck injury. We went to a very good avian vet and did a complete gamut of testing to the tune of a few hundred dollars (I know I'm a nutcase but this is my special Derperella). The only problem we found was her blood chemistry panel suggested possible muscular or neurological injury. We've got her on Metacam (anti-inflammatory/pain) and vitamin supplements. She eats and drinks like a little pig so no problems there. Her head is nearly upside-down when she is relaxed, though.