3 week old chick with head bobble....

KTschicks

Hatching
5 Years
Apr 14, 2014
2
0
7
Hi! I love all the fabulous things I have learned on here! I picked up 10 chicks from the feed store about 3 weeks ago. Mix of Silkie and Frizzle Cochin Bantams. I have an existing flock of 14 that I have raised from day old chicks or hatched myself. I gave the 10 chicks to my black tailed Japanese hen that was broody and she has been a fantastic mom. My question comes as one of the Silkies began weaving/bobbling its head one day ago. Today makes day two. As I perused the boards I saw some posts that had chicks putting their heads down between their legs, but this one is doing a more 'Stevie Wonder' routine.... then goes back to normal. She has developed along the same as the rest and has not exhibited any respiratory symptoms. They are on Tractor Supply chick crumbles and have had Nutri-drench and Probios added to their water from day one. After the first week isolated in the coop with my hen they have been out in a pen with her to scratch and sun bathe while everyone else free-ranges. Anyone seen this before? Thank you!
 

Deepfriedbeauty

In the Brooder
6 Years
Jul 29, 2013
97
14
46
Jacksonville, FL
My Coop
My Coop
I'm new to this, but I've been reading a lot about problems in the crop lately. My chicks are the same age. I lost one a week ago that I believe may have had an impacted crop. She was doing some 'Stevie' moves too. Unfortunately I didn't know anything about the crop until it was too late. I'm sure some experienced folks will chime in soon.
 

birdlady79

Songster
5 Years
Jan 29, 2014
583
19
103
West Tennessee
Hi! I love all the fabulous things I have learned on here! I picked up 10 chicks from the feed store about 3 weeks ago. Mix of Silkie and Frizzle Cochin Bantams. I have an existing flock of 14 that I have raised from day old chicks or hatched myself. I gave the 10 chicks to my black tailed Japanese hen that was broody and she has been a fantastic mom. My question comes as one of the Silkies began weaving/bobbling its head one day ago. Today makes day two. As I perused the boards I saw some posts that had chicks putting their heads down between their legs, but this one is doing a more 'Stevie Wonder' routine.... then goes back to normal. She has developed along the same as the rest and has not exhibited any respiratory symptoms. They are on Tractor Supply chick crumbles and have had Nutri-drench and Probios added to their water from day one. After the first week isolated in the coop with my hen they have been out in a pen with her to scratch and sun bathe while everyone else free-ranges. Anyone seen this before? Thank you!

Im new to this too... One of mine was doing the head bobbing thing a couple weeks ago... It was a crop issue.... I gave her olive oil, Monistat for sour crop, and massaged.. I seperated her from the other Sussex and limited food..., I fed eggs with olive oil..... Have you checked her crop for squishiness like a water ballon? Or hardness?
 

KTschicks

Hatching
5 Years
Apr 14, 2014
2
0
7
Thanks guys! I sure will check that this morning. When you read the alternatives you think "My flock will DIE!!!!" It's like going on to webmd to diagnose yourself. Lol
 

birdlady79

Songster
5 Years
Jan 29, 2014
583
19
103
West Tennessee
Thanks guys! I sure will check that this morning. When you read the alternatives you think "My flock will DIE!!!!" It's like going on to webmd to diagnose yourself. Lol

I know what you mean!! I've had one thing after another with mine...but slowly getting better... Chicken raising is harder than I thought....Lol.
 

Deepfriedbeauty

In the Brooder
6 Years
Jul 29, 2013
97
14
46
Jacksonville, FL
My Coop
My Coop
I know what you mean!! I've had one thing after another with mine...but slowly getting better... Chicken raising is harder than I thought....Lol.

I agree! I worry about these little birds almost as much as my human babies. It's also far more therapeutic than I had anticipated. Love my chickens!:yiipchick

So how is the little one this morning?
 

barbiegirl

Songster
7 Years
Feb 23, 2012
1,724
83
191
The Poconos Pa
It sounds to me that the chick has wry neck. Poly Vi Sol infant vitamin drops without iron with Selenium tablets and vitamin E capsules added can help with wry neck.
 

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