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Can't hold up head

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by boscobabe 53, Sep 22, 2014.

  1. boscobabe 53

    boscobabe 53 New Egg

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    Hi I have a Silkie rooster. He can't always hold his head up and his neck is crooked. He is around 10 months and he has been vaccinated when I got him. Can anyone help?
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    He may have a neurological condition called torticolis or wry neck. Can you post a picture? It can occur due to a head injury, a vitamin deficiency, or in certain diseases where there is brain inflammation. Silkies may be prone to head injuries due to some having a vaulted skull. How long has he had this. Vitamins especially thiamine (B1) vitamin E, and selenium may be given. Some poultry vitamins contain selenium, but if they don't you can give some egg, canned tuna, or sunflower seeds for selenium. Poultry Cell by Rooster Booster and Poultry Nutri-Drench contain all of those. Here are some links to read about wry neck and vitamin dosages:
    http://www.browneggblueegg.com/Article/Crookneck/Crookneck.html
    http://oureggbasket.blogspot.com/2013/04/wry-neck-or-crook-neck-understanding-it.html
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/97121/lets-talk-wry-neck-crook-neck
     

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