my silkie had wry neck and was doing 100% better for about 3 weeks after being medicated for two weeks... today she relapsed..Is this something that is always gonna come back or will she out grow it? should I cull her or can she live a good life? I don't want her to suffer
wry neck ?
Wow! I read your post and for a second I thought it was my own!
I have a little one, appropriately named Rye who also has wry neck.
I have been treating for 6 weeks now. Initially she was so bad it was hard to watch and I had her in the house. Then I put her out in the coop, she restablished pecking order (low) and seemed to be ok. Then relapse, then ok, then relapse, etc.
I did vit B and E twice a day with selenium, adventually getting rid of the selenium. (dont think i used the right kind anyway) I also used a novo doxylin antibiotic which I was sure worked but now I wonder if it was a coincidence because each time she relapsed, the relapse was a little less severe.
Then one time, Dec 3rd, she relapsed hard. She was twisting all over the place and someone suggested I inject vit b12, which I had because I have a deficiency. It was not an instant cure, but a slow improvement and no relapses since.
Also another thing I am doing is sleep in the dark. I used to keep flurescent lights on all night because in cold weather they do not turn on easily so I just left them on, been doing this for about 6 weeks. Since I switched to a regular bulb and darkness for 6 to 8 hrs she seems good. I am down to the oral vit b and e every 2 days.
Hang in there and I dont know if your little chickie is in pain but I know my little chickie is so grateful to be well when she is well!
From what I read, wry neck can be fully recovered from.
she is eating and drinkin but not getting around to well at the moment... she was fine last night and I was late getting out there today and noticed she was having problems... she seems worse since I brought her back in...I may put her back out and just treat her out there and see if she does better
I have also been treating 5 month old with Wry. I have her in the house giving her watered down chick start, vit E, vit B12, Poly Vi-Sol. She seemed better last night, ate alot of her food and vitamins, but the morning she does not like it when I pick her up. She was spiting up some food. I held her for a while and put her back in the box with towels propping her head up. I don't see her making it, but lets keep posting results. Hope we can over come this!
Edited by NewHobbyForMe - 12/15/09 at 5:15am
I am going to start her on b 12 today...I really don't think she is gonna come out of it this time.... Last time as soon as I started her on meds she started looking better right away ..I am seeing no improvement... I think its worse actually... I am willing to try for as long as she needs
my little chick got much worse when I brought her in, secluded her and tried to treat. I decided it was easiest to just teat all of them as the vitamins won't hurt anyway.
I put the recommended dose for a gallon of poultry drench or the vitamins/electrolytes (switched it up and every other day added a vitamin B complex and 6 vitamin e pills ... she's doing much better now - doesn't have the episodes unless something startles her... she hasn't had any vitamins for 2 days - they will get some tonight.
I don't know exactly know what her problem was - she doesn't hold her head *normal* now it's tucked in kind of like a candy cane - but she's walking forwards and not flipping over so I'll take it
I don't know if she'll be like this forever, or get worse, or better - I'm hoping for better!
- RT Poultry n Things
it can be added to their water.
I add 2 droppers full per gallon and give in a plastic container/waterer
I have also been treating one with something similar, but I believe mine was injured (never found a bruise though)
- Flock Mistress
She probably got hit or pecked on the head. There's a good chance the brain injury will resolve and she will be back to normal