3 week old bantam hen sick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chic-a-deee, Sep 30, 2011.

  1. chic-a-deee

    chic-a-deee Chillin' With My Peeps

    The hen made it through the night.[​IMG] She is eating, scratching, walking, standing & preening herself.
    She just isnt raising her head.[​IMG] She can stand upright, but cant raise her head upward with beak pointing to the sky. So it looks like she is always looking down. The other two chicks can lift their heads up & look at my hand when I put it in their brooder. The 'sick' chick doesnt.
    What can the problem be??? [​IMG]
     
  2. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Has she always been this way or just recently?
     
  3. chic-a-deee

    chic-a-deee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi (love ur avatar!!)
    She started 2 nights ago....but when the problem was first noticed, she was on the floor, head on floor. She was motionless, & the other two chicks were walking over the top of her & she didnt move. I picked her up. I checked her back & neck. No obvious injury or lumps. I kept her on my chest for warmth & to keep her imobile the whole night.
    Tonight, she appears alert. Not sure if she's drinking as yet. As it would be hard for her to raise her head to swallow the water. But shes eating.
    The head is drooping down with beak on or close to chest. She is not flopping her head around. She has control enough to peck & preen.
     
  4. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It could be wry neck. Doesn't sound exactly like it but try this. Start putting poly-visol (baby vitamins without iron) in their water. You will see a fairly fast improvement if this is the problem and it won't hurt them if it isn't. good luck!
     
  5. chic-a-deee

    chic-a-deee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ok, will give it a go. She still is bent over but seems to be ok otherwise.

    [​IMG] Thanks for your advice ^^
     

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