Crooked neck

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by loloro, Nov 23, 2014.

  1. loloro

    loloro New Egg

    Nov 23, 2014
    Occidental, CA

    Hi. I just adopted a few new pullets to add to my flock. One of them was this pretty silkie, who we named Pillow. When we got her home we realized that she has a strange "S" bend to her neck that feels skeletal. She seems to eat and move around ok and can flap her wings and put her head to each side, but there's always a kink to her neck. I read up on a few things that might cause this, but none of them sounded exactly right. Has anyone else experienced this? I'm hoping that she's just a little badly formed but can have a good life.
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    She may have scoliosis or "roachback," which is a skeletal deformity that may be a result of vitamin or mineral deficiency, or genetics in parent stock. It is a disqualification in showing chickens. Can she eat and drink alright? Placing her feeder/water higher may help.
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2014

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