Chick w/a bobbing head

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by tkdmommy, Nov 17, 2016.

  1. tkdmommy

    tkdmommy Out Of The Brooder

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    I have (5) 1-month-old silkie chicks & one of them seems to be having an issue. It wI'll repeatedly "bob" its' head like it's doing the Egyptian dance. It will do this for a bit (like 5-10) seconds & then it's fine. Anyone have an idea of what could be causing this?
     
  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

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    Silkies are prone to neuro issues due to their vaulted skull. You might try some poultry nutri-drench. If it's a metabolic issue, the PND may help. If it's structural, I doubt it will make a difference. As long as it's infrequent, and does not interfere with her daily activities, you can continue with her. If it appears that she's getting worse, or she's not functioning well, you'll have to make a decision re: culling her. Don't let her play in the gene pool.
     
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2016

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