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Adult chicken walking backwards

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by fletchy, Jan 23, 2017.

  1. fletchy

    fletchy New Egg

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    Hello everyone ,one of my Australorp hens 2-3 years old is not well, she starting having problems walking, taking a few steps forwards then will go backwards, she is now also losing her balance and will fall over not able to right herself.She is still managing to eat and drink , poop is normal, I've put her separate from the others in a box and when I go check on her she is wanting to fly out.I let her have a wander today and she would make a little head way walking forwards her buddies ,before going backwards , sometimes whilst sitting resting her tail will lift up and she will lose balance falling forwards and not able to right herself .I've had chickens for about 10 years and never seen anything quite like this , normally they just get sick ,quickly go down hill and we humanely put them down.I'm not at the stage I want to do this if I can save her as she is still so alert and eating , has anyone had a similar experience like this,I am totally stumped???







     
  2. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC!

    Walking backwards and dizziness is a common sign of a Vitamin E and selenium deficiency.Separate her with food and water and give her eggs and tuna often.Birds that are deficient in Vitamin E and selenium should be given it.Go to Walgreens and pick up Vitamin E and selenium.You can buy 400iu Vitamin E liquid gel tablet and a 50mcg selenium tablet.You will need to squeeze the vitamin e into her mouth and you can dissolve the selenium in water and drop the water in her mouth with a 3cc syrineg or a eye dropper.Keep her isolated as stress plays a big roll in treating (Wry neck)..Wry neck takes along time to treat Weeks,months.If this does not work she may have Head injury causing symptoms similar to Wry neck.If thats the case she should be given Prednisone in order to reduce inflammation in the head.Wry neck can be a Symptom from many diseases such as Mareks .Here are some great threads about Wry neck.


    http://www.raising-happy-chickens.com/wry-neck.html

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...-a-wry-neck-chick-story-with-pics-with-update

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/382088/wry-neck-treat-or-euthanize-updated-with-great-results

    http://www.browneggblueegg.com/Article/Crookneck/Crookneck.html

    http://www.fresheggsdaily.com/2014/04/preventing-and-treating-wry-neck-in.html

    http://www.nda.agric.za/docs/nervous/
     
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  3. fletchy

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    Thank you this has been very helpful, I will certainly give Vit E &Selenium a try, nothing to loose.If it is indeed a deficiency causing the problem how long before do you think , before I might see any improvement once she starts getting treated?
     
  4. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When did she start showing the symptoms?It depends when she got it.If its been more than a week it will probably take a while.
     
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  5. fletchy

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    Probably coming up to a week.
     
  6. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It shouldn't take that long.Keep us updated[​IMG]
     
  7. fletchy

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    l will thank you, her tail up& falling down face first was worse today , but she still eats and drinks and wants to fly out the box and totter around the barn backwards. I put her in a smaller box tonight and put rolled up towels around her to try keep her in a more upright position rather than falling on her face and can't get up.She seems more rested and was sleeping, when I checked her before night fall, she hasn't rested like that since placing her in isolation ,so I'm hoping that is a sign , hopefully this will be worthwhile & she manages to pull through.
     
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  8. MasterOfClucker

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    An dog kennel will work better.Just make sure she can walk around maybe put a little dust bath area for her.
     

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