Chicken is acting odd. Methodical neck movements. Link to video

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Elimenopee, Oct 18, 2019.

  1. Elimenopee

    Elimenopee In the Brooder

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    I have a 4 month old silkie girl who is making odd head turns. She also acts like she can’t see. This seems to have just started the past couple of days.

    On Sunday, I put her floof into a ponytail. We noticed her odd behavior on Tuesday and I figured she just hated the band in her “hair” so I took it out. Two days later (today) and she’s still doing it.

    If I put her in front of food and water, she eats and drinks.

    I brought her inside for observation, but I’m really at a loss. No vets nearby that specialize in chickens. Any help would be great.

    video - https://www.reddit.com/r/BackYardCh...urce=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf
     
  2. Eggcessive

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    That looks very much like it is neurological, possibly seizure-like activity. Can you take pictures of both eyes? I hate to say it, but it might possibly be signs of Mareks disease, a virus that has many different symptoms. It affects young chickens primarily between 5 and 25 weeks, although it can strike at any age. Of course, I hope that is not the case here, but probably will require some observation. I would start some poultry vitamins such as Poultry NutriDrench or Poultry Cell daily. Keep her close to feed and water, and consider feeding her several times a day. If you should lose her, the best way to test for it, is to have your state poultry vet perform a necropsy, and the body would need to be kept cool, but not frozen. Here is a list of state vets and an article about Mareks:
    https://www.metzerfarms.com/PoultryLabs.cfm

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/the-great-big-giant-mareks-disease-faq.66077/

    I will also tag some other people @Wyorp Rock and @casportpony for their opinions.
     
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  3. Elimenopee

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    Here are pics of her eyes: https://imgur.com/Ge1hsNQ
    https://imgur.com/j49wWWK

    Since I’ve moved her inside, trimmed her floof (she ate and drank a ton after I did that) and gave her some brewers yeast and cinnamon, she’s acting much more normal.
    I just have her a dose of vitamin e and will get some selenium tomorrow, just in case it’s wet neck. I hope I don’t lose her. She’s my favorite!
     
  4. Wyorp Rock

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    I was going to suggest trimming the feathers away from her eyes, I'm glad you did.
    I would not just buy Selenium. Give her a treat of egg or tuna, both of those have sufficient amounts of Selenium for the uptake of E.

    Glad she's doing better!
     
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    I hope that you don’t lose her as well. I cannot tell much about her eyes since they just look black in the pics. I was looking for any signs of an irregular pupil or faded color that can be common in some types of Mareks. Glad that she is eating some and seeing her food. She might have just bumped her head, and hopefully the neurological symptoms will go away with vitamins E and thiamine (B1.)
     
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