Chick holding head on back

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by NitaAZ, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. NitaAZ

    NitaAZ Out Of The Brooder

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    We picked up our chicks on Sunday. When we opened the box, one of them was holding her head straight back, resting the back of her head on her back.

    We've watched her pretty close over the past 2 days. She can pull her head into a normal position and eat and drink and preen. But. . . any major stimulus, and any time she takes a drink, that head is thrown straight back and goes into spasms.

    I haven't been able to find what this is and if there is any hope for this chick. Every time I think she's finally dying, she perks up, runs around, eats, preens, etc. She does seem to sleep a lot more than the other chicks.

    Any ideas?

    Nita
     
  2. Kezzie

    Kezzie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry that this won't be detailed or very helpful but I did read something on here about that recently. They call it "stargazing" or something like that. I think it's neurological. Someone with experience will be along soon with details I'm sure...

    And, congrats on your new babies...
     
  3. NitaAZ

    NitaAZ Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the reply. I felt that it was neurologic.

    I will search on stargazing now!

    Nita
     
  4. NitaAZ

    NitaAZ Out Of The Brooder

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    I wanted to give an update on this chick. She arrived on Sunday, and as I said, was stargazing when we opened the box.

    Each day, she was "normal" for a little bit longer at a time. Today, I never saw her stargaze (although I didn't watch her all the time). She was running around acting completely normal.

    Nita
     

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