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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by boscobabe 53, Sep 22, 2014.

  1. boscobabe 53

    boscobabe 53 In the Brooder

    Sep 22, 2014
    I am new here. I need help! My adult silkie rooster has a crooked neck and can't always hold his head up. Can anyone help?

  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
    You might want to post about your roo in the Emergencies forum. https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/10/emergencies-diseases-injuries-and-cures Hopefully somebody over there will be able to advise you but, they seem to be prone to vitamin deficiencies and wry neck or star gazing is a problem with them, sometimes its a deficiency of Vit B1 or Thiamine, which plus Vit E and Selenium they recommend giving them.
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Did this come on suddenly? Silkies are very prone to head injuries . Sometimes they just have the twisted neck, others will walk backwards, do somersaults, move around with their head, between their legs, just about touching the floor.

    Massaging the neck gently a few times a day, in the direction it should be - can be helpful. Some silkies benefit from getting Polyvisol infant drops, 2 or 3 times a day, a few drops of vitamin E (squeezed from a capsule). They will usually eat this if you put it on a sliced grape. In some cases prednosone prescribed ONLY by a vet,or administered under his instructions can bring faster relief. This is a condition that can be lengthy to deal with- the plus side is I've never heard of a silkie dying from it UNLESS their caretaker doesn't want to bother with them and puts them down.

    Do you know if he bumped his head or was pecked by another bird? Other breeds can have wry necks also but, in silkies it is thought of as "silkie syndrome" because it is common in the breed, especially the silkies with high vaulted skulls - where the bones didn't fill in completely - they just have a layer of skin closing their skull.
  4. boscobabe 53

    boscobabe 53 In the Brooder

    Sep 22, 2014
    He was fine in the morning but when I went to lock him up that night that was how I found him.
  5. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC! x2 on posting in the Emergencies section, best of luck to you.
  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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

    Sorry about your bird. I hope someone can help you in our emergency section. [​IMG]
  7. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Sorry about your bird!

  8. LIChickens

    LIChickens Chirping

    Jun 8, 2014
    Long Island, NY
    Welcome to BYC!

    You will find a lot of good information here. Keep on asking questions and you will get many good answers.

    You may also want to read the FAQ below.

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