Wry Neck - Confused about treatment - Page 54
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Welcome to BYC. Those can be symptoms of wry neck. Walking backwards, in circles, and flips are common. Head injury and vitamin E deficiency can be causes. How old is your chick? Holding the chicken in a towel and feeding it wet chicken feed can help to get more food and water in it. Hoping for the best.
I'm not really sure how old the chick is, I just know the feed store was eager to get rid of her. She's been eating chick starter that I ground up with a mortar and pestle with little to no problem; but the first day I had her she wasn't able to eat at all. As far as water goes, I've been mixing in the supplements/electrolytes and giving it through a dropper, which seems to work well. I was planning on getting some cultured plain yogurt and some plain oatmeal along with poly vi sol, for further treatment. I was lucky enough that my mom takes the same supplements required for treatment (vitamin E & selenium). I've embedded a pic; she's shown some improvement in the short time I've had her. Before she couldn't sit without her head between her knees.
Thanks to the information on this thread one of mine that I've been feeding with a syringe for two days turned the corner last night after starting him/her on a full dose of Vitamin E. I was already giving rooster booster supplement and selenium. I've made a blended formula using Poly Vi Sol, Selenium, rooster booster (vitamins and electrolytes) and food mixed with water. He/she is eating much more from the syringe in just the first day of full strength vitamin E. Also, his/her head was completely backwards (twisted) for the past two days and now it is facing the right direction again!
This is a silkie chicken that hatched on May 7th. The other 3 that I hatched look normal and are acting normal for now. I've added a tiny amount of rooster booster to their water as well. They are on a chick starter crumble, not medicated.
Thanks everyone for the excellent advice. I have lots of experience raising quail but these are my first baby chicks to raise. The last time I had baby chicks, I had two very happy hens to take care of them and hardly had to do any of the work myself.