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Chick can't hold head up

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by horsekeeper, May 14, 2011.

  1. horsekeeper

    horsekeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Reposting here hoping someone will answer.

    I came home from a week long work trip last night and my adult daughter (animal caretaker when I am gone) was all upset because she thought she killed one of my 3-week old silkie chicks. The chick runs backwards with its head between its legs and sometimes looks like it is having a seizure (shaking with its beak hard against its chest).

    Before I culled it I did some research on this site and think it might have wry neck. Does it sound like it might? The only thing I could get locally at that time of night was children's chewable vitamins, so I soaked one and crushed it up and added some chick mash. The chick nibbled up a little bit and we got it to drink a small amount of water. It had a huge runny poo (no blood or stink) and is in a box by itself on top of the brooder so it gets the benefit of the heat lamp and can hear its hatch mates. I checked the temperature and it is correct for 3 weeks and the chick seem comfortable.

    This morning I got liquid baby vitamins without iron and have given it a few drops twice so far. It seems strong and alert, just can't control its head for very long. It has been pecking chick mash voraciously and even drank normally for a few sips. It really got into a few bits of scrambled egg tonight and makes little purring happy sounds while it is sitting on my lap eating.

    I put the feed and water in a shallow wide mouth glass and support its head with my finger and the side of the glass and it pecks up food for 20-30 seconds before it seems to tire out and the head spasms to its chest. The glass and my finger help keep the head up and she (has that sweet look and is one of the smaller chicks) doesn't exert downward pressure, the neck seems to go limp and she loses control. After resting a little she goes back to eating with gusto.

    Am I doing everything I can? Does this sound like a baby that might recover?
     
  2. earnhardtlvr

    earnhardtlvr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wish I could help! I'm sorry, but as a newbie I don't know enough...but I will keep trying to bump ur post so that hopefully someone will know! [​IMG]
     
  3. csummer8882

    csummer8882 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Same here, I am a newbie as well. Hopefully this gets your post up there. Good luck!
     
  4. earnhardtlvr

    earnhardtlvr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bump.
     
  5. horsekeeper

    horsekeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the bumps [​IMG] I've had chickens before but never had anything like this.
     
  6. earnhardtlvr

    earnhardtlvr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think silkies r just more fragile than other chicks. I have a blue silkie that is 4 weeks old and fits in the palm of my hand still! Her sister is like 2x as big. I brought my little blue baby upstairs tonight and am giving her some TLC with some watered down gatorade and yogurt to try to get some extra calories in her and perk her up! Good luck with ur baby!
     
  7. earnhardtlvr

    earnhardtlvr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    bump
     
  8. earnhardtlvr

    earnhardtlvr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OH please can any1 help?? [​IMG]
     
  9. DTRM30

    DTRM30 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wish I could help - I hope someone here will have some advice for you ....
     
  10. earnhardtlvr

    earnhardtlvr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    bump
     

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