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chick with crooked neck

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by crazychickenhug, Nov 9, 2014.

  1. crazychickenhug

    crazychickenhug In the Brooder

    Apr 23, 2014
    A friend recently gave me a beautiful chocolate orpington chick he is about 3 days old the only thing is he was born with crooked neck he eats and drinks well and is huge happy little guy but I would like to know if there is a way to straighten his neck I just had my cat hit by a car and paid a 700.00 dollar vet bill so I can't afford to take him to the vet.I would really like to help him especially since he has great blood lines. can anyone help?
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 8 Years

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Do you have him in a brooder, under a heat lamp? Chicks need temps of 95 degrees under the heat lamp the first week of life. Each week thereafter you can lower the temp by 5 degrees. (by raising the lamp), put a thermometer on the brooder floor under the lamp to check temps.

    I've heard of chickens with crooked(wry) neck but, none that were born that way. He might have been too crowded in the egg or positioned badly. You can put "crooked neck," in the search box to see what articles there are on the subject. Sometimes it is caused by a nutritional deficiency. You might get some Polyvisol (NO IRON) infant drops (available at Walmart ,etc ) and give him 2 drops, 3 times a day. If he will eat it on food give it that way. My friend used to put it on sliced grape for her birds). Or using eyedropper put them at the front of him mouth, so if he doesn't want to swallow, he can dump it out. You can also get Vit. E capsules, poke a hole in one and squeeze out a couple drops onto his feed.

    Also you can gently massage his neck to the proper carriage, several times a day. Please post in the" emergencies,diseases, injuries, cures," thread for other options. I hope his neck will straighten out over time.
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word Staff Member Premium Member 7 Years

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Sometimes these crooked necks stem from being in a bad position in the egg and sometimes they are caused by nutritional deficiencies; mainly the parent birds were possibly fed improperly or this is being passed down from parent birds that also had a crooked neck.

    As Drumstick Diva mentioned, the Poly-Visol really helps to boost them up. Vitamins B, E and Selenium usually helps these types strengthen the neck.

    You might want to post this in our emergency section for more help with the little guy...https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/10/emergencies-diseases-injuries-and-cures

    Good luck and I hope you can get him cured up soon.
  4. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager 5 Years

    Jan 10, 2013
    Welcome. Hope your chick does well.
  5. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Hope your chick recovers.
  7. crazychickenhug

    crazychickenhug In the Brooder

    Apr 23, 2014
    yes I have him under a light .I will try working on his neck thanks for the advice.
  8. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing 5 Years

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] We're glad to have you.

    Good luck with your chick!
  9. roosterlover897

    roosterlover897 In the Brooder

    Nov 4, 2014
    what ever you do don't give up and God might just let you keep him/her
  10. FL Crowing Hen

    FL Crowing Hen Chirping

    Nov 8, 2014
    Babson Park, FL
    Best of luck with your little chocolate boy. Welcome to BYC.

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