Chickens Hanging Necks, Weak

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SCAcres, Sep 17, 2016.

  1. SCAcres

    SCAcres Just Hatched

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    Hen and rooster hanging necks down, showing signs of weakness, can't lift head, started today, cause unknown.

    Does anyone have any ideas what could be going on? Gave both fresh water but I'm not sure if they could drink it because they didn't lift their heads up to swallow. Any ideas or advice is appreciated.
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    I don't have an idea of what's going on with your chickens but I typed 'can't lift head' into the BYC search box and a lot of old threads came up. Might be worth a look. Best wishes!
     
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  3. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!

    Can you post some photos?

    A little more information may be helpful as well.
    How old are they?
    What type of food/treats do you feed?
    Have they been vaccinated?
    How long have you had them?
    What does their poop look like?

    Do they free range? Any chance they got into something moldy, rotten or toxic (rat poison, weed killer, etc.).

    Separate the ones that are sick so you can monitor them closely. Offer some poultry vitamins in their water.

    If they are very new to your property, it could be symptoms of Cocci, treatment is with Corid added to their water.

    Let us know how they are doing.
     
  4. SCAcres

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    This is what the hen looked like. She is about seven months old. Was just moved into the chicken coop a few weeks ago. We rebuilt the chicken coop from an old shed so it's possible that the chickens are exposed to rusty nails. I'll be able to give more in depth responses this afternoon when I go out to check on them. Thank you for the responses so far!
     
  5. Wyorp Rock

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    Will wait for your responses, but you may also want to research "Limberneck" or Botulism in chickens to see if some of the symptoms are similar. Since you have 2 with the same symptoms that seemingly came on suddenly my best guess would be ingestion of something toxic. (Maggots off of rotting mater/carcasses, raw turnips, etc.)

    Limp/Limberneck:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/837257/limp-necked-cockerel

    Botulism info:
    http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/poultry/botulism/overview_of_botulism_in_poultry.html
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/diseaseinfo/19/botulism/

    Supportive Care - Toxin Flushes:
    http://extension.msstate.edu/content/solutions-and-treatments
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/700526/flushes-for-aiding-in-toxin-removal
     
  6. SCAcres

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    I will definitely look into each of those possibilities. Luckily, all of the chickens showing symptoms recovered and were back to normal within a few days.
     
  7. Wyorp Rock

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    Glad to hear they are doing well.
     

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