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necks turned sideways and laying on sides..dying help!

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We have broiler breeds bought from a hatchery. approximately 3-4 weeks old. hubby knows age I don't. found one this past weekend sick and it died after i told him it might be Wry neck. Gave electrolytes and it died within 4 hours. Today another was found which is a week apart from the last one. What is wrong??

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Can you post pictures? Were the birds vaccinated for Marek's? Are you sure they aren't older? Any other symptoms you can see? Did you perform a physical exam to rule out breaks, dislocations, or other physical injuries?

Keep in mind that broilers have a lot of health problems. It's not uncommon to see a decent mortality rate in them. Granted this mostly applies to Cornish Cross, not as much to things like Red Rangers and other colored broilers.

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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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Welcome to BYC. Torticolis  (wry neck, crook neck, twisted neck) can be a symptom of many diseases, vitamin deficiency, or from an injury. Vitamin deficiency should always be suspected first and treated with poultry vitamins containing vitamins E and B1, and selenium. One disease that affects young chickens under a month old is avian encephalomyelitis (AE) and it's symptoms include lying on side, lameness, and tremors especially if you hold them on their backs in the palm of your hand. There is no treatment. Here is some reading about AE:

http://www.thepoultrysite.com/diseaseinfo/9/avian-encephalomyelitis-epidemic-tremors/

http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/poultry/avian_encephalomyelitis/overview_of_avian_encephalomyelitis.html

http://www.poultryhub.org/health/disease/types-of-disease/2610-2/

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