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Chick Tucking Head Under Chest And Running Backwards.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by BarredR, Nov 18, 2015.

  1. BarredR

    BarredR Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 30, 2014
    Gold Bar WA
    We have a Rhodebar chick that is tucking it's head under its chest and running backwards into the brooder walls. We are feeding Purina medicated crumble and probiotics as well as vitamin supplements with electrolytes in the water. I have read its a lack of vitamin E but have already increased vitamins with no improvements if you have any suggestions please let me know thanks.
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire UK
    My Coop
    Sounds like wry neck that can be caused by vitamin deficiency. Giving the affected individual chick the vitamins would be best right now so it gets the full amount. Upping your others won't hurt either though. Selenium with the E works well too. Are you hand feeding watering the chick? You may need to, so it does not become dehydrated or starve. Keeping it seperate and quiet also helps.

    Here are a couple of links for you to check out ~ http://www.browneggblueegg.com/Article/Crookneck/Crookneck.html

    ~ https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/wry-neck-causes-treatment-and-prevention

    Good luck with your chick, this ailment can be a long haul job and improvement can take a while to show.

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