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This look like wry neck? UPDATE: Newcastle? Risks while pregnant?

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1) What type of bird , age and weight (does the chicken seem or feel lighter or thinner than the others.)

Australorp, 1 yr, not sure but does feel lighter than usual
2) What is the behavior, exactly

Looking hard right, spinning very slowly in place or staying still with extreme neck angle.
3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms?

Started today 1/27.  No signs before
4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms?

No
5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.

No
6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.

No indications

7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.

Unknown, but setting aside to observe
8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.

Unknown, but setting aside to observe
9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?

Will be giving Poly Vi-Sol
10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?

Home Treat
11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.

Tried to insert the image but says I don't have the "required permissions" http://imgur.com/MHfj4Sm
12) Describe the housing/bedding in use

Outdoor coop in Phoenix AZ

 

As above, the girl has her neck curled to the right and sometimes spins in slow circles like a ballerina.  She can turn it forward, but it will usually turn back right.  She's super docile and just sitting by herself.  Usually she is dominate and running all around, but now I can pick her up without the normal struggle.  When putting her down she doesn't really catch herself by flapping or jumping either.  Going to hold her overnight assuming it's wry neck.  Not sure if she's been eating or drinking, but we'll make sure she gets something down.

 

Now also we've heard of parasites that may be affecting the inner ear?  If this is just wry neck, no worries about spreading to the others.  Inspecting her doesn't show any signs of bugs or mites, but we'll keeping looking.

 

Thanks for the input!

 

UPDATE:

 

Thanks for the info everyone, I've been doing a lot of reading and there are a few concerning things.

 

We recently got 4 feral kittens fixed and all four developed conjunctivitis.  They've been responding pretty well to antibiotics.

 

About 2 weeks after the we noticed the first kitten is when our chicken started spinning in tight circles with a tightly bent neck.  She's since worsened and is having what looks like seizures where she'll just do somersaults over and over while flapping. Her body is pretty limp, and she'll eat if we put watery food in her mouth, but won't reach for it on her own.  Her head is basically facing backwards now.

 

Doing more searching, we hit nearly every symptom of Newcastle disease for the wild birds

 

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/animals/terrestrial-animals/diseases/reportable/nd/fact-sheet/eng/1330202454619/1330202602677

 

The concerning part is my wife is 34 weeks pregnant, do anyone have any experience with Newcastle moving between animals or people?


Edited by vaari - 1/29/16 at 8:18am
post #2 of 6

Looks to me like it could be wry neck. I had a quail with wry neck, he had a pretty normal life except that he would turn in circles allot

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Update:  Not very much poop, it's white and looks runny.  This morning she's not eating unless we dribble it on her beak (then she gobbles it) and she's also started doing somersaults backwards.  We're trying vi-sol, vit E, & selenium.

 

Should I put her back outside with the other three?

post #4 of 6

Backwards somersaults doesn't sound good :(. That probably means something else is going on, personally I'd keep her inside. I wish I could be more of help.

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Wry neck is only a symptom of something else going on that is affecting the brain. It can be from a head injury, vitamin deficiency (vitamin E and selenium,) dehydration, or from diseases causing brain inflammation, such as Mareks and infectious diseases. A poultry vitamin used in the water or your Polyvisol without Iron 2-3 drops by mouth daily can help, but selenium is good to use and is found in founds such as eggs, nuts, tuna, salmon, and sunflower kernels. Poultry Nutri-drench or Poultry Cell tonics contain selenium as well as the vitamins. Here are some links to read:

http://www.browneggblueegg.com/Article/Crookneck/Crookneck.html

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/97121/lets-talk-wry-neck-crook-neck

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I am having a similar issue with my 2 day old peachick, she just started falling over backwards for no reason! And seems to almost have her head stuck facing up. Any ideas?
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