BIZARRO Behavior in Hen - should I be worried? (pic)

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Amyable, May 23, 2011.

  1. Amyable

    Amyable Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a 1-yr-old hatchery Welsummer hen that has started acting very oddly in the last week or two. Sometimes when she is roosting or sitting on the ground, she arches her head way over her back and thrashes her head from side to side, for several minutes straight. She seems to be in a trance; I can walk right over and pick her up (she's not very friendly), and even then she might not snap out of it. A couple times I've found her backed into a corner of the coop, writhing like that. She eats and drinks fine, free-ranges every day. About 4 days ago she expelled an eggy mess, but it doesn't seem to coincide with this behavior. WHAT is going on?? [​IMG]

    This is what she looks like when she's writhing (and still molting so she is a wreck.)
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  2. Cackling Hen

    Cackling Hen Just Scratching Around

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    wow poor girl I believe she is sick cant think of what they call it Mereks???
     
  3. Celtic Chick

    Celtic Chick Overrun With Chickens

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    Wry or twisted neck. Hereditary defect from a recessive gene that both parents carry. Pretty common in brown leghorns. Do not use her to breed.
     
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    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

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  6. Miyashi

    Miyashi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds seizure like to me...
    Poor lady.
    I hope you can figure something out soon.
    I'm sorry I can't be of more help.
     
  7. Celtic Chick

    Celtic Chick Overrun With Chickens

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    Found this on another site. The gal had a chick with wry neck symptoms, and this is the response she received:
    You will need to use liquid children's vitamins and vitamin E with selenium to treat wry neck. If it is too difficult to give the vitamins directly into his beak, try mixing it into a wet mash of chick starter.

    Polyvisol Enfamil (without iron) ¬ó3 drops/day in beak for a week, then taper off

    vitamin E with selenium¬ónot to exceed 50 mcg; give 1/2 capsule
    once his neck is better, continue giving vitamin E for another week
    Hope this helps you.
     
  8. Amyable

    Amyable Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you very much for the replies. I ruled out Mareks and wry neck, as most of the day she is fine and only displays the behavior sporadically. It seems she must be in a sitting position for it to happen. She eats and drinks normally, and free ranges the farthest. I did a little more searching, and I'm thinking it could be stargazing. https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=162109
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    this info, it seems to fit closely. I will try supplemental vit B12 to start, and see what happens.
     
  9. Squishypuff

    Squishypuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm currently treating one of my Silkies for wry neck, maybe my experience thus far could be useful to you. I first noticed my Silkie walking around with it's head tilted just a bit. Then I saw it laying down on it's back to sleep. The next day, the head was tilted all the way over and the neck was carried lower than normal. As of today, the bird walks around dragging it's head, the neck is curled between it's legs. A couple days ago I wouldn't have thought it was wry neck, I'd keep a good eye on her. It wouldn't hurt to treat for wry neck though, even if that isn't the issue. The treatment for it is on my recent thread titled something like "wry neck and swollen head". I'm no expert, but I thought maybe sharing my situation could be helpful. I hope she gets better quick!
     

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