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Chick rubbing top of head in ground

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by San Carlos Chic, May 3, 2016.

  1. San Carlos Chic

    San Carlos Chic New Egg

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    One of 8 week old chicks just started rubbing her head in the ground while spinning in circles.
    I am feeding them chick stater and chick scratch. She seems to be eating and drinking. I am concerned because one of my other chicks died this weekend with no sign of previous distress.
    Please help, I feel terrible for her.
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC!

    You need to get this bird on vitamins and quick. Poly Vi Sol without the Iron. 4 drops, 3 times a day for a couple of weeks. Some vitamin B, E and Selenium. (50 to 100 mcg) once a day. There is definitely big weakness in this birds neck and possibly something neurological going on. I hope the bird survives!
     
  3. TerryH

    TerryH Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks very similar to wry neck. Likely a Vitamin deficiency as previously stated. We did NutriDrench immediately in the water and Vitamin E supplement daily. We snipped the end off a Vitamin E capsule and gave it to the bird daily on a Qtip. Assuming it is the vitamin deficiency it is curable but you need to act as quickly as possible. I've read everything I could find on the subject and the consensus seemed to be that the vitamin deficiency causes water on the brain which in turn causes these neurological episodes. Agonizing to watch but supplemental vitamins will turn it around.

    Here's the thread .....

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1098818/very-odd-situation-with-1-week-old-chick
     
    Last edited: May 4, 2016
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