Brain problem?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ThreeHens2, Oct 17, 2015.

  1. ThreeHens2

    ThreeHens2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Cochin hen is acting weird. Her head is tilted to the side and keeps falling over like she's drunk. I don't know what to do. Is it Mareks?
     
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  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Sorry that no one answered earlier. How old is she? Does she have any weakness of her legs or wings? She sounds like she has torticolis or wry neck which can be a symptom of a neurological problem, perhaps from a head injury, vitamin E and selenium deficiency, a severe infection, or from certain diseases such as Mareks or lymphoid leukosis. Most people use poultry vitamins in the water to treat it, along with some egg or tuna if your vitamins don't contain selenium.You could instead give 3 ml daily of Poultry Nutri-Drench or Poultry Cell Tonic. Here is some info on wry neck:
    http://www.browneggblueegg.com/Article/Crookneck/Crookneck.html
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/97121/lets-talk-wry-neck-crook-neck
     
  3. ThreeHens2

    ThreeHens2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for answering but sadly she just died. It was heart breaking watching her suffer and not being able to do anything. She just flapped her wings uncontrollably and then just died. It was a learning experience tho.[​IMG]
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    So sorry for your loss. Your state vet could do a necropsy on her to look for Mareks disease since that would be good to know regarding the other chickens. The body must be refrigerated and shipped as soon as possible.
     

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