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Crooked neck, I don't think is wry, help?

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I have a 5 week old Olive egger (Cukoo Maran/Ameraucana) that has a crooked neck! It has been fine until about 5 days ago. I have had a silkie chick with wry neck before who started out holding its head weird and rapidly went down hill, running backwards, falling over. I treated it with vitamins and electrolytes and it is fine now. This one however, is different. It eats, drinks, poops fine, it's neck is just crooked. There is no mass or lump, it's neck is just kind of s shaped. I am treating it like wry, but does anyone know what could be wrong or how to help it? It is the only one out of four with green legs so I think my only hope of getting olive eggs. Of course, I don't know if it is a boy or girl, but it's a sweetie. Here are some picks. Thanks.

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Since you are treating her for wry neck I would wait and see if that helps.

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Is there any air under the skin that could be forcing her head in that direction? It would feel puffy and soft. If not she probably has wry neck, also called torticolis or crook neck. That is a symptom of head injury, vitamin deficiency, Mareks disease, and other conditions affecting the brain. Vitamin E and selenium can be given daily to help. Since you have had another case, you may want to check the fresh date of your feed, since vitamins can leech out or become rancid in time. Poultry Nutridrench or Poultry Cell vitamins contain both vitamin E and selenium, and her dosage would be about 2 ml daily orally. Wry neck can look differently in chickens, cupausing the neck to be turned down, upward, twisted to the side or in an s-shape. There are many threads to read about this by doing a search at the top of this page, or by Googling "crook neck chicken," and looking for Brown Egg Blue Egg.
Edited by Eggcessive - 5/24/16 at 12:42pm
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Thank you very much for the info!
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