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Chick hatched with wry neck. (Pics)

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Hello all, its been quite a while since I've posted.

I have a chick who is about 35 hrs old. She was hatched with wry neck. I have been treating her for about 24 hrs with selenium crushed up in water, and nutri-drench. She originally held her head at 180° so you were looking at the bottom of her beak when you cupped her in your hand. But now she holds it at about 90°. I Originally posted in the byc facebook group where someone, very rudely, jumped on me saying it was splayed leg not wry neck and i should do my research. (I have raised chickens my entire life. Ive seen em both).

So for arguememts sake, I threw a bandaid on her even though she holds her legs straight under her when she is not stumbling all over.

So. On to why i originally posted there. I wanted an option for a humane way to prevent her from suffering should i be unable to get her to start eating once the yolk in her belly wears off. She is making improvements and her head now sits to the side instead of under her. But i don't want to watch her starve to death if it gets to that.

Thank you. First pic is when she first dried off. Rest is recent pics.







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Hi!  Really cute little chick!  I do hope he/she pulls through.  I have no experience with wry neck, but did have to put a chick down.  I looked up a lot of stuff and finally settled on what seemed to be a good choice and it worked for me.

 

Basically you put vinegar and baking soda together and the gas that is released puts the chick to sleep.  So what i did was to get a small container to comfortably hold my chic, made him a little "nest" with a piece of fabric (he was having seizures and the rest of the time was pretty un-moblie).  Then I got another small container to hold the baking soda, just kinda put in a clump, maybe 1/2 cup.  But that was probably way more than I needed...wanted to make sure...  Then I did a test run, put the "nest" container into a "left-over" container with a lid that would seal, put the baking soda in the container next to the "nest", poured about 1/2 a cup of vinegar into the baking soda container and quickly sealed the "left-over" container.  When it was done fizzing, I checked to make sure the nest hadn't gotten soaked, wanted the little guy to go to sleep...not drown or get scared by being wet.  All went well, so I said my good-byes, tucked him into his little nest and repeated.  Seems to have worked like a charm, he didn't seem stressed at all, seemed to just go to sleep.  

I did use a container with not too much extra air space, so everything just fit, and it was like a short rectangle.  I hope this helps, but I really hope you don't need to use it! 

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Thank you so much for the advice. I'm not sure what gas this creates, but googling it, it sounds like others have used it and it's done its job too. This sounds like the most pleasant way for both the chick and I. I will have to keep this in mind. The chick has finally turned her head fully upright, but won't lift it and either lays face first into her washcloth or on her side.... she seems too weak to move or stand on her own... I've started holding her upside down and rubbing her belly to get her to lift her self up and use her legs.... she never got the chance to walk or move around after hatch =( i put her in a cup cause she kept rolling onto her back and i didn't want her dying like that =( im running out of ideas to do for her =( i just hope maybe she starts to perk up with one of the things I'm doing....

Thank you also for being so nice.... i eventually deleted my fb post because so many people were jumping down my throat...
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HI! How is your little chick?
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