Crookneck in chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by TNPAGirl, Jun 9, 2016.

  1. TNPAGirl

    TNPAGirl Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a 9 week old Ameraucana who has, I believe, crookneck. She was fine yesterday but at last coop check at 11pm I found her on the ground, unable to roost, with her head back, back of her head on her back. I brought her in the house and into a crate. I have not seen poop yet. She will almost keep the head normal until she moves, then it goes back. She has been eating dumore chick starter and I was getting ready to change to grower (just using the last of the bag). There are 13 others in the group, same age, that are fine.

    I plan to make her a scrambled egg to see if I can see her eat. I also plan to give some poly vi sol or vitamins from tractor supply (whatever I can find this morning). How much should I give?

    Anything else? My normal chicken vet is away for the week at a conference.

    Thank you!
    Olivia
     
  2. TNPAGirl

    TNPAGirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Update, normal poop this morning.
     
  3. chickcrack

    chickcrack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would recommend the polyvisol (make sure you get the one without iron) as you know she will be getting it into her that way. 2-3 drops 3 times a day for first couple days. I would also give her vitamin e and selenium. Puncture caplet of vitamin e and squirt into her mouth each day. Just a tiny bit of selenium shaved off pill onto her food. My wry neck guy was head back for weeks (hatched that way) and had a terrible time drinking (almost drowned each time) so you will probably need to assist. Also give fruits or vegetables high in water content as that will be easier for her. Cucumber/melon... and egg is perfect food for her right now :) good luck!
     
  4. TNPAGirl

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    She ate the egg really well and seems to be holding her head up better. But I did notice that she can't seem to use her left foot. The right one works but she is walking on her hocks to move around.
     
  5. chickcrack

    chickcrack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you tell if her foot seems paralyzed? Can she move her toes when you touch them? It could just be from not having food/water for a while. But paralysis could also be a sign of Marek's I think. I'm not versed on it so hoping someone can chime in to help you. Meantime get her to eat and drink what you can and I hope that brings improvement.
     
  6. TNPAGirl

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    I can't tell if the foot is paralyzed. She didn't move either one when I touched the toes but the right one definitely works. I'll continue supportive care for now. She's definitely not in distress, she's eating and drinking very well.
     

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