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post #11 of 15
My wry neck chick had the same problem drinking and I gave him quartered cucumber as he could pick it well and swallowed easier. It is high in water content. Then 2-3 times a day I would drop water on his beak. I don't know what the right answer is about the milk-i know some give adult hens milk or buttermilk but I have never tried. I did try to help my little wry neck chick out of his "seizure". I would very gently straighten his neck and support him there for a bit and it did seem to help. It was almost like the more frustrated he got the worse his neck would get. I sure don't know if that's the right thing to do or not but I just couldn't watch him like that! My little guy hatched with wry neck and wasn't able to stand for more than 30 seconds until he was about 3 1/2 weeks old. He is a year old now and still drinks funny. He gets more water on his back than down his throat. Hope that helps.
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post #12 of 15
Poultry NutriDrench or Poultry Cell vitamins contain both vitamin E and selenium. The dosage is 1 ml per every 3 pounds of weight. Eggs contain selenium, if you want to use that with your other vitamins. Just use one vitamin source as to not overdose her. Watermelon and cantelope are other good sources of water, and they love to peck at them. There is a good video on YouTube about feeding a chicken with wry neck, holding them in a towel, and feeding chick feed mixed with lots of water to make a thin oatmeal consistancy.
Edited by Eggcessive - 6/5/16 at 4:45am
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I have not ever given my chickens milk so I cant help there. Emily was having spasms and I just held her trying to keep her calm.I found the Polyvisol at Walmart by the baby formula. Its was a challenge getting my little Wry neck chick Emily to eat. I kept her separated and fed her by hand for a week.(What ever she wanted , melons, eggs, scratch.)  She also could not drink as her head would just flip right back and the water would almost drown her. The only thing I could do was to hold her all day supporting her neck with my thumb and keeping her head right even when her body was off so she knew where up was. I also would  maneuver her in my hand so that gravity and her head would allow water to go down into her. It took a lot of time and effort but after a week she was able to hold her head right long enough to drink. I would say just keep at it. Its a lot of work and time but your chick will be super friendly and spoiled if you and she can get past this.


Edited by HippyHen - 6/6/16 at 5:19am
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Well it has been just over a week now , she is still in isolation , and seems to be getting better slowly .In the evening is the worst for her, She has the seizures over and over. We have been taking her outside to see the other girls every couple of days and let her run around with them but will not leave her with them as we are worried about her falling from the boxes or the roost if she has a seizure.

 

Since the area we are keeping her in is not that big, we have been having a problem with her falling into her own waste, and has ended up covered in poop. We are cleaning the tote out 3 times a day, but in the last week have had to bath her 2 times, and now I think because of the baths her Lil neck is so dry and flaky. Is there anything I can put on it for her? we have not been using shampoo or anything on her, just warm water and letting it soak off and then blow drying her on a cool setting.

 

We are still feed her the Vitamin and on the days we do not give her eggs we give the extra selenium. I just don't know what else we can do to help her, or how long this is going to go on for, How long should we let it go on? is it causing her pain? We have not been able to find any Polyvisol in the local stores. its so upsetting to see her curled around in the tote. I have been holding her as much as I can. Sorry for the long post, Ranting out of frustration. Thanks for any answers in advance. 

post #15 of 15
Hi again. Sorry to hear your still dealing with wry neck. I know how frustrating it is.



This is Happy Gilmore the first day he walked without falling over. He was 3 1/2 weeks old. I had carried him everywhere with me his first 3 1/2 weeks...well as much as possible. There was many moments I wondered if I was doing the right thing for him. And I had others tell me I was torturing him. He had good days and bad days even after that picture was taken. He seemed best in the morning...much worse at night. I started forcing afternoon naps in a dark room and that seemed to help. Each relapse was less severe. I finally decided he would stay on polyvisol/vitamin B and E for the rest of his life once or twice a week for maintenance. He hasn't had a relapse since I started doing that.



This is Happy now at 1. He still has some coordination issues. He has never flown like his parents. He's tiny even for his breed (he's an old English Game Bantam) and he's not a very elegant jumper lol. He also still spills a lot of water on his back while drinking. But he does everything else a chicken should be able to do. I can't tell you what to do because I don't know what your little ones future looks like. Just wanted to let you know that there are success stories. Happy got his name because he truly loves life and makes up for the lost time at the beginning 😃.
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