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Adult bird with twisted neck!

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My 2 and 1/2 year old Silkie rooster has a crooked/twisted neck. I have him in a cage that is 2 feet tall, then I kept adding staw to the bottom, and I think it got to short for him to hold his head straight. And now he has a twisted neck. He holds his head sideways like his trying to look at the sky ( ever see a goose trying to look at a plane or a hawk in the air?) He hasn't been in the cage all that long, maybe 6 weeks. He doesn't hold his head like that all time, sometimes it's straight. If I pick him up under the wings, and move him up and down like I'm going to toss him, his neck really twists ( Like almost upside down!). It seems like most Wry neck happens with chicks, not adults, so I can't find much info on how to cure it. Anyone have any advice?

I raise Kazan tumbler pigeons, Old german owl pigeons, Homing pigeons, Dragoon pigeons d'Anver bantams, Silkies, Leghorn bantams, Easter eggers, Australorps, Call ducks, Embden geese and Coturnix quail. Soon I will also have Jumbo Ringneck Pheasants, Guinea Fowl, Naked neck chickens, and Chantecler chickens.Check out my website at: jcaviaries.yolasite.com
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I raise Kazan tumbler pigeons, Old german owl pigeons, Homing pigeons, Dragoon pigeons d'Anver bantams, Silkies, Leghorn bantams, Easter eggers, Australorps, Call ducks, Embden geese and Coturnix quail. Soon I will also have Jumbo Ringneck Pheasants, Guinea Fowl, Naked neck chickens, and Chantecler chickens.Check out my website at: jcaviaries.yolasite.com
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Did you move him to a larger cage?  Taller and more area to roam in and walk like a chicken should?  Better yet let him out so his poor crooked body can straighten it's self out.  Get some poly vi sol liquid baby vitamins and give him 2 drops in the morning and 2 at night.  He might have a vitamin deficiency especially if he has not been exposed to fresh air and sunshine.  Sunshine is needed for vitamin D formation.  Without it bones can weaken and twist.

somad


Edited by purpletree23 - 3/22/11 at 7:06pm
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Did you move him to a larger cage?  Taller and more area to roam in and walk like a chicken should?  Better yet let him out so his poor crooked body can straighten it's self out.  Get some poly vi sol liquid baby vitamins and give him 2 drops in the morning and 2 at night.  He might have a vitamin deficiency especially if he has not been exposed to fresh air and sunshine.  Sunshine is needed for vitamin D formation.  Without it bones can weaken and twist.

somad


Yes, he is now free ranging in my barn. Please don't think that I run a battery cage farm. I treat my birds very well and give them plenty of space. He was only in this cage until I could build him a bigger one. I keep all my breeder chickens and call ducks in 4' by 4' pens and larger. He has lots of fresh air and sunshine, he's in a barn, not a cardboard box!

I raise Kazan tumbler pigeons, Old german owl pigeons, Homing pigeons, Dragoon pigeons d'Anver bantams, Silkies, Leghorn bantams, Easter eggers, Australorps, Call ducks, Embden geese and Coturnix quail. Soon I will also have Jumbo Ringneck Pheasants, Guinea Fowl, Naked neck chickens, and Chantecler chickens.Check out my website at: jcaviaries.yolasite.com
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I raise Kazan tumbler pigeons, Old german owl pigeons, Homing pigeons, Dragoon pigeons d'Anver bantams, Silkies, Leghorn bantams, Easter eggers, Australorps, Call ducks, Embden geese and Coturnix quail. Soon I will also have Jumbo Ringneck Pheasants, Guinea Fowl, Naked neck chickens, and Chantecler chickens.Check out my website at: jcaviaries.yolasite.com
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We just went through this with a 5-month old silkie. She had wry neck as a baby but it cleared up. Suddenly it was back. I had her on Polyvisol vitamins & massage but it didn't work. She slowly died. However I did read posts on here where the chicken recovered with vitamins and care. Good luck.

Susanne, Huckleberry Farm
Breeder of Silkies, Cream Legbars, Rhodebars and Polish.
www.huckfarm.com   Like us on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/huckleberryfarm
Hatching eggs & chicks available.

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Susanne, Huckleberry Farm
Breeder of Silkies, Cream Legbars, Rhodebars and Polish.
www.huckfarm.com   Like us on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/huckleberryfarm
Hatching eggs & chicks available.

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