Bantam roo making strange undulations with neck...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by portianaomi, Jan 9, 2011.

  1. portianaomi

    portianaomi Out Of The Brooder

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    1) What type of bird , age and weight.
    Bantam Cochin (Colombian), rooster, not crowing yet (~4-5 months), not sure of weight, but healthy and active.

    2) What is the behavior, exactly.
    Noticed him undulating his neck like he has something stuck in it. Gave treats of apple slices this morning and he wasn't interested. He stays with the three hens, but just keeps doing his neck movements.

    3) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.
    no, but he does have a tiny scratch on his comb that has a dried bit of blood on it - probably the result of nasty elder hens pecking at him. grrrr.

    4) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.
    no.

    5) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.
    yes, he has been eating, but not that I've seen today. I feed them organic lay feed mixed some scratch and treats of fruit and veggies. They also have access to oyster shell and fresh/clean water all of the time. His crop feels full and a bit hard, but I'm not sure if that is normal.

    6) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.
    Normal.

    7) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?
    Picked him up and looked him over for any abnormalities. Massaged crop briefly this morning.

    8 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?
    I would rather treat him at home if possible, but I do have an avian specialist available for my chickens if I need her.

    9) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
    I really need a video to show what he is doing. He is making undulations with his neck and opening his mouth when the rolling of the neck gets to the top. I'll post a picture of him in a bit.

    10) Describe the housing/bedding in use
    Large coop that he shares with 3 bantam hens (1 Colombian, 2 sizzles). Free-range the yard during daylight hours. Bedding is shavings that I change once per week. See my profile for coop photos.
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  2. RhodeIslandRedFan

    RhodeIslandRedFan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello, portianaomi. Two things come to my mind - wry neck and gapeworm. He may also simply have something stuck in his throat. Try searching this site for information on wry neck and gapeworm and see if the symptoms match what you see in your rooster. You might find videos of both these conditions if you search the internet so that you can compare them to what is happening with your roo. Please let us know whether or not the symptoms of either of these conditions sound similar. Good luck to you!
     
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  3. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not saying that this is what yours has,but I had one die over a period of a few weeks, then I had a silkie doing it. It was actually some kine of lung infection that I treated with Tylan 50, once a day for 5 days on the silkie and she's OK now - based on a recommendation from another BYC'er. So, I think maybe a course of antibiotics ASAP would help.
     
  4. portianaomi

    portianaomi Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Thanks. I looked up videos of the behavior associated with gapeworm and wry neck. His behavior is not the same. I will take a peek down his throat to see if i see any worm thing. I'll post if I see anything else [​IMG]
     
  5. RhodeIslandRedFan

    RhodeIslandRedFan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks. I looked up videos of the behavior associated with gapeworm and wry neck. His behavior is not the same. I will take a peek down his throat to see if i see any worm thing. I'll post if I see anything else [​IMG]

    Well this is good news about the gapeworm and wry neck! Hopefully someone with more experience than I will come along soon!
     
  6. portianaomi

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    Quote:Thanks for the advice. I think I'll wait a few days to see if I see any other symptoms with my roo before administering any sort of medication. He is a spunky little ham, and if he's not sick, I would hate to make him take something he doesn't need. I'll keep your recommendation in my mind though.
     
  7. portianaomi

    portianaomi Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, my roo has quit the undulations with his neck and all is well. We think maybe he was getting ready to crow ahaha!
    Thanks for all of the input! [​IMG]
     
  8. HeatherL

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    My blr roo has always done that, and he is five now...
     

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