Cull or wait? Chick with neck extended backward, falls over.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by spookyevilone, Feb 10, 2009.

  1. spookyevilone

    spookyevilone Crazy Quail Lady

    Oct 5, 2008
    I got home to find one of the cochin chicks that hatched this morning in what looks like bad shape. It doesn't appear to be in pain, but it's neck is back in the rigor pose when it tries to stand up, and then it falls over backward. When laying down, it's mostly on its back or side, and then it's fine. It wasn't anywhere it could have fallen, so I'm thinking maybe another chick stepped on it or something. It can move legs, wings, and head, so it's not a broken back.

    One of my quail fell and did the same thing, but it got better within an hour. It's been almost two hours and no change.

    I tried giving it some liquid multivite, and water, and have it isolated on a heating pad.

    So.. do I wait and see what happens, or cull it now?

    I'm just.. [​IMG] Stupid baby chick!! [​IMG]
  2. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2008
    East Bethel MN
    [​IMG] oh noooo, I would watch it for a few more hours maybe even give it until tomorrow to cull, sometimes they can surprise you
  3. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

    Sep 20, 2007
    Northeast Texas
    I had a chick like that, was fine and dandy one day the next it was in the back of a nest box with it's neck all crooked (leaned back). It was culled. [​IMG] I figured it was some sort of head injury.
  4. kryptoniteqhs

    kryptoniteqhs Rosecomb Rich

    Nov 14, 2008
    Perris, CA
    sounds like wrey neck....look it up...i think what it is is a vitamin E deficiency....if you act quickly you can fix i would not cull yet
  5. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

    Jan 1, 2008
    [​IMG] Oh I am so sorry
  6. stormylady

    stormylady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2008
    One of my black Australorpes I ordered from Ideal had wrey neck and I just kept watching her and she finially straightened up, I wanted to help her so badly, but remembered reading post on here about wrey neck and the response was almost all the same don't try and straighten her neck just let her alone, Thank goodness I read it, or I could have done some really serious injury to her myself, mine is fine now and I hope yours will be fine too. Stormy

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