Chicken found on back in coup acting dazed and doing weird things with her head

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Blade0u812, Jan 26, 2014.

  1. Blade0u812

    Blade0u812 New Egg

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    1) What type of bird age and weight (does the chicken seem or feel lighter or thinner than the others.) Sex link
    2) What is the behavior, exactly. Found the hen in the coop on her back. Head is bent back between wings and swings head side to side, can't stand (Very wobbly). She will sit and relax
    3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms? Just noticed when collecting eggs this evening
    4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms? Other 6 hens are fine.
    5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma. No signs of trauma. They are in a 10x12 dog kennel with coop.
    6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation. Nothing out of the normal
    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all. higher protein feed for the winter, scratch, extra calcium
    8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc. Runny clear all over my wife
    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far? Separated and put her in the garage in a bin where its warm
    10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet? Just need advise on what to do.
    11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help. Will get a picture
    12) Describe the housing/bedding in use. They are in a 10x12 dog kennel with coop.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    She sounds as though she has wry neck which can happen after a head injury, from diseases such as Mareks and other, and from a vitamin deficiency. She needs to be in a separate cage and kept quiet. Give her vitamins in her water or PolyVisol baby vitamins (no iron) 3 drops daily. Vitamin B1, E, and selenium are the ones she needs most, and most vitamins don't have selenium in them. I believe that Nutridrench for poultry may have it, and you can get selenium or vitamin E with selenium in them. Encourage her to eat and drink. This may take several weeks to treat. Here are some links to read:
    http://oureggbasket.blogspot.com/2013/04/wry-neck-or-crook-neck-understanding-it.html
    http://www.browneggblueegg.com/Article/Crookneck/Crookneck.html
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/97121/lets-talk-wry-neck-crook-neck
     
  3. Blade0u812

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    Here is the sick hen.
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Yes that is definitely wry neck. Poor girl. Does she have any other symptoms besides being wobbly? Any respiratory symptoms?
     
  5. Blade0u812

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    That is the only thing. She looks good no other problems. Thanks for your input.
     
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  7. bluefrog87

    bluefrog87 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    May have to help chicken eat and give vitamin water. Prednisone may be necessary but you need a vet for it. It would be used for inflammation


    . If trying to home treat it several weeks of hand feeding and getting down the right vitamins
     
  8. Blade0u812

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    Well this am went to check on the sick hen and she was poking her head out of the bin. She ate and drank. We put her into a dog crate in the garage for the day and she is moving around normally.
     
  9. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    So is she back to normal, or does she still have wry neck? If so, that is great news.
     
  10. Blade0u812

    Blade0u812 New Egg

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    So far back to normal.
     

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