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HELP Please! How can you tell if a chicken has a brain injury?

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I have a chicken that was recently attacked and can no longer move and won't eat or drink on her own. Here is the back story:

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1110525/barred-rock-pullet-immobile-and-not-eating-or-drinking-without-assistance

 

A very helpful BYC member told me that my chicken might have a brain injury. Has this happened to anyone else? What are the signs? When I put my chicken down she falls over to the side and makes a little sad screech sound. Here is a photo of the damage from an attack that I did not witness. She almost seems sick because she sleeps all the time and has no appetite but I don't know if it's that or she just suffered a serious injury. I wish I could know for sure! I've been hand feeding her water with electrolytes and probiotics as well as raw egg mixed with a bit of coconut oil. Here are some photos of her injuries:

post #2 of 4
In my opinion it looks like a broken neck. Does she move her head at all, or twitch her feet?
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She can move her head and she seems to be able to pull her legs back in when I gently pull them but she can't really move her legs otherwise or anything else for that matter. 

post #4 of 4
It sounds to me like she is paralyzed. You can try to syringe feed her for a couple days but if you see no improvement it would be most humane to put her down
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