Chicken with crookneck? goiter? (pics)

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Starchasm, Mar 28, 2015.

  1. Starchasm

    Starchasm Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi!

    I went out this morning to let the chickens into their run and I noticed that Sarah Jane, my Barred Rock, has something strange going on with her head or neck. She's holding her head at an angle on her back, and it feels as though there may be a lump of some kind on the right forcing it to the side (it may also be a curved neck, it's hard to tell).

    She doesn't appear to be in any pain, but she isn't scratching and pecking like usual, and she won't lift her head from this position.

    I looked at the prior threads/pictures of crookneck and wry neck but this doesn't seem to be quite the same thing. Does anyone know what this could be? Is it crookneck? (She's almost a year old).

    Here are pics (sorry about the Rhode Island Red, Donna really wanted her picture taken):

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  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    It probably is wry neck, also called torticolis. It can be a symptom of several things, such as a head or neck injury, a vitamin deficiency, Mareks disease or avian leukosis, or from infectious diseases in later stage where there may be brain inflammation. Usually giving poultry vitamins or Vitamin B1, vitamin E, and the mineral selenium, reducing too much noise and stimulation, and helping with getting enough food and water is the best treatment. Her right side may look full since her muscles are in spasm, but feel of her chest, neck, and crop area for air under the skin which feels like a balloon.
     
  3. Starchasm

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    I don't feel any air pockets, but her neck is definitely curved. She was perfectly fine at bedtime last night.

    She seems to have perked up a bit and is moving around more, so maybe an injury? I'll hedge my bets and get some vitamin E and selenium just in case.
     
  4. Starchasm

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    This morning she was still crooknecked and listless. I gave her some water, but she wouldn't eat. I went out and got the supplements when I picked up three new chicks.

    When I went out to give them to her she was PERFECTLY FINE. She's running around, pecking, and giving herself dirt baths.

    I'm going to give the supplements just to be sure, but...chickens. Weird.
     
  5. Eggcessive

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    Well, that is great news. The vitamins won't hurt any of your chickens. I hope it doesn't happen again.
     
  6. w2teals

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    she say "psych momma! I got ya" just figured she would keep you on your toes. Glad to hear everything is okay now.
     

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