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Chick rubbing top of head in ground

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One of 8 week old chicks just started rubbing her head in the ground while spinning in circles.
I am feeding them chick stater and chick scratch. She seems to be eating and drinking. I am concerned because one of my other chicks died this weekend with no sign of previous distress.
Please help, I feel terrible for her.
https://youtu.be/jSNDkS464wY
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Hello there and welcome to BYC!

 

You need to get this bird on vitamins and quick. Poly Vi Sol without the Iron. 4 drops, 3 times a day for a couple of weeks. Some vitamin B, E and Selenium. (50 to 100 mcg) once a day. There is definitely big weakness in this birds neck and possibly something neurological going on. I hope the bird survives! 

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Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul. ~Emily Dickinson~

 

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.  ~John Bunyan~

 

Treating Sour Crop and Impacted Crop                                    Raising Quail

 

How to Treat Egg Binding in Hens 

 

Leg, Foot and Toe Issues in Poultry of All Ages

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Looks very similar to wry neck. Likely a Vitamin deficiency as previously stated. We did NutriDrench immediately in the water and Vitamin E supplement daily. We snipped the end off a Vitamin E capsule and gave it to the bird daily on a Qtip. Assuming it is the vitamin deficiency it is curable but you need to act as quickly as possible. I've read everything I could find on the subject and the consensus seemed to be that the vitamin deficiency causes water on the brain which in turn causes these neurological episodes. Agonizing to watch but supplemental vitamins will turn it around.

 

Here's the thread .....

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1098818/very-odd-situation-with-1-week-old-chick


Edited by TerryH - 5/4/16 at 11:44am

Our coop build thread...

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1088771/cheryls-hen-house

 

1Peter 5:2 Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God.

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Our coop build thread...

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1088771/cheryls-hen-house

 

1Peter 5:2 Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God.

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