A Sick Silkie Chick

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by lorijohnson823, Apr 3, 2012.

  1. lorijohnson823

    lorijohnson823 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a Silkie chick that is about 3 weeks old. It does have a vaulted head. All of a sudden, it started laying face down on the ground. Sometimes its wings are spread out real wide and other times its tucked up like a ball. It's like it can't keep its balance and stand up. It can run around and look just fine at times too.

    This just started happening 2days ago. Does this sound like maybe it got pecked on its little head?

    Background: I keep all baby chicks in a brooder in the garage. They are separated from all other chickens. They get fed all natural chick feed, sometimes get meal worm treats, and cracked corn treats. They only have gone outside in a run for a few minutes at a time and I do watch them the entire time.

    Has this happened to anyone else?
     
  2. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

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    do a search for wryneck- it can happen with vitamin deficiencies- also a similar thing can happen with a head ingury- do you have any liquid infant vitamins (polyvisol without iron), a few drops on the beak for 5 days may help- also may need to monitor him so he doesn't get trampled
     
  3. lorijohnson823

    lorijohnson823 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do keep vitamins in my Silkies water at all times. The little chick is eatting and drinking. I will be giving my little chick a vitamin b12 shot today also, to see if that helps the little one.

    I did google wry neck. I think I am leaning more towards, a peck on the head. Poor little vaulted skull chicks. [​IMG]
     
  4. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

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    here is a file i have on head injury, maybe it will help- it is a different situation- but the vitamins may be a help in healing


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