Anyone know about retarded chickens?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Peepsdanvers, Jan 22, 2017.

  1. Peepsdanvers

    Peepsdanvers Just Hatched

    Jan 3, 2017
    I have two chickens that have episodes where they run around in circles with thier head to the side and the beek is chattering. One of them I know what she got it from. She was attacked by a dog he bit her head and she then had blood coming from her ear. The other one did not show any of these sings before she was 2 or 3 months old. Don't know what happens to her. They are almost a year now. They are the lowest in the pecking order. They love to sit on me or just hang around me when free ranging. They let them selves be bullied around by all the other chickens smaller than them and as big as them.
  2. Peepsdanvers

    Peepsdanvers Just Hatched

    Jan 3, 2017
    Is there anything I can do for them
  3. badchickenranch

    badchickenranch New Egg

    Jan 22, 2017
    Critz, Virginia
    I have never seen a chicken do that before. I hope you get some answers here! Perhaps some vitamins would help?
  4. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under Peepsdanvers [​IMG] Welcome!

    Just off the top of my head, the second chicken could just be imitating the first who actually might have a neurological disorder [​IMG]

    If you are at all concerned about them, I recommend posting on the Emergencies & Diseases Forum:

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2017
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Are your birds any particular breed? I ask because Silkies are especially prone to neurological problems due to a bump or peck to the head. Do you know of any good avian vets?

    Sometimes there is swelling of the brain and a vet might treat with prednisone . Yours would benefit from being kept apart from other birds, since they draw unwanted attention.
  7. Peepsdanvers

    Peepsdanvers Just Hatched

    Jan 3, 2017
    They are muts
  8. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
  9. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to join the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.

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