Abnormal head bobbing?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Lacylu, Mar 11, 2017.

  1. Lacylu

    Lacylu Just Hatched

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    Lately my chicken has been bobbing her head weirdly. She's been like cocking it to the side or just bobbing it up and down. I'm not sure what she has because this can be a sign of a lot of diseases. When she first started doing this,she was very lethargic and refused to get up. It was rainy and she was drenched in the rain, trying to sleep. She didn't even bother seeking shelther. However, she soon gained back her apetite when I forced fed her some food. She's a bit better now and is eating again. She still has the weird head bobbing motion though. Can someone explain the head bobbing?

     
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  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    I can't really say for sure what is going on, but it could be a neurological problem. Crop impaction will sometimes cause some weird neck movements too. I would get some. Poultry NutriDrench or Poultry Cell Vitamins and give him 3 ml daily. It contains vitamins, trace minerals, and other nutrients. Is he drinking and eating well? Will he go outside and act normally at all? Head injuries or vitamin deficiencis can cause neurological problems. I would also feel of his crop every morning to make sure that his crop is emptying normally overnight. Keep up up to date on what is happening with him.
     
  3. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    Sounds like something stuck in her throat....What has she eaten before this started?.....


    Cheers!
     
  4. MrsBachbach

    MrsBachbach Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't see anything unusual. Looks like normal chicken behavior to me. If she is in a new area, she is simply checking out her surroundings. Does she have trouble finding her feed cup or water? If so, check her eyes carefully. See if pupils are clear or cloudy, or if iris is turning grey. Grey eye is Mareks, cloudy pupil is cataract.
    But, honestly, to me, she is just a normal chicken judging distance and surroundings with that behavior.
     

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