chick death head arched back to tail sudden onset die 12hrs later

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kelliepulido, Oct 28, 2010.

  1. kelliepulido

    kelliepulido Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2008
    st.john's mi
    Last 3d 1 dies per day same s/s head arched back unable to stand try to straighten out head and it arches back,then die check them nobody sick then maybe 10-12hrs later and somebody it down then soon die.They are 1m old
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I don't know what it is but I would research Marek's. You can treat Marek's to an extent.
  3. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    You mentioned unable to stand, but do the legs move/kick? Sounds like toxin or botulism based on the sudden death. Any recent chemicals, fertilizers, access to decaying material?

    I've never heard of Mareks presenting with neck symptoms, but I probably wouldn't rule it out due to the age.

    If this happened to more than one bird, I would seriously consider a necropsy to identify the cause of death and any potential diseases.
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    sounds like seizures, maybe poison since they died so fast.

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