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I have a Buff polish cross that has been doing this since hatching any Ideas http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQtxVUZqv7o&feature=youtu.be

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That looks like a neurological deficiency, possibly wry neck. I would treat him with vitamins, liek Poultry Nutri Drench, and see if he improves. You can pick it up at a feed store and add it to his water or for faster results give him a few drops orally each day. It can take up to three weeks to see an improvement, though.
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Welcome to BYC.  That does look like a type of wry neck or neurological problem.  Vitamin deficiency, head injuries, and diseases such as Mareks disease and others can cause this.  Here is some reading:

 http://oureggbasket.blogspot.com/2013/04/wry-neck-or-crook-neck-understanding-it.html

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/97121/lets-talk-wry-neck-crook-neck

http://extension.unh.edu/resources/files/Resource000791_Rep813.pdf

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still runs with the flock but when pressured (If I get to close) short circuit and the circling begins with head twitching continuous 

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Vitamin E deficiencies can cause a condition called Encephalamolacia. It usually effects young birds but can be seen in older birds. Give one vitamin E tab once a day for 5 days while using a good vitamin-mineral & probiotic powder in the water. You can also give 1/4 cc of a vitamin AD&E injectable in the breast muscle. If there isn't excessive damage to the bird's brain from swelling, that should solve the problem.

 

Don't feed too much cod liver oil (should never exceed 3% of diet). Stay away from rancid fats and expired/rancid feed.

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Thanks Michael, I will give the Vitamin E a try and let you know what happens.

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Please do. I hope that does the trick.

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I have one doing the exact same thing. Whatever happened to yours?
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