Do I need to Cull, or can it get better?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by RinaRoo, Jun 25, 2019.

  1. RinaRoo

    RinaRoo Chirping

    Apr 19, 2019
    North Carolina
    I have a Polish hen that recently had bumble foot. Did the surgery, and things were going great. She was out free ranging, on top of the coop after two days, her fav spot to sleep.

    Yesterday when I got home from work, and went to grab her to change the bandage, I found her on the floor of the coop laying down with her head upside down like wry neck, but she's 1.5 years old, so I suspect brain damage.

    I have her in the house in a cage, got her to drink water, but her head is still unstable, it just swings around most of the time and it seems like she can't walk.

    She did manage to lay an egg last night. Is there hope for her, or should I just put her out of her misery?
  2. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Well that's definitely a choice you have to make..Personally I Cull so they don't suffer.
    Best wishes...:frow
  3. RinaRoo

    RinaRoo Chirping

    Apr 19, 2019
    North Carolina
    I know it's my choice, but is there any possibility that she will live and be mostly normal again?
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  4. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    That I don't know?
    @Wyorp Rock might know?
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  5. danceswithronin

    danceswithronin Crowing

    May 24, 2018
    I would probably put her down if she was mine.
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  6. Cryss

    Cryss Free Ranging

    Nov 12, 2017
    Northwest New Jersey
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  7. Unicornlife3316

    Unicornlife3316 Songster

    Apr 21, 2018
    Bryan, TX
    I think that depends on the time you’re willing to sacrifice.

    I personally would start her on vitamins to see if she makes any improvement. I’d give her a week or so, then make my decision if she hasn’t progressed any or had gotten worse.
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  8. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Enabler

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    I'm sorry about your hen :hugs
    Can you post some photos of her? The foot, the way she is? Video of her actions?

    What makes you suspect brain damage? Was the infection that bad or do you think she fell, was picked at, etc.?
    Wry Neck is a neurological symptom - injury, disease like Mareks' and vitamin deficiency are a few common causes.

    Have you noticed if she ate any moldy feed or got into anything toxic?
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  9. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Enabler

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Wry neck is common, and it can be treated with vitamin E and B1 thiamine, plus a small amount of egg or sunflower seed for selenium. The cause may have been an injury, a vitamin deficiency, or could be a symptom of something else. Give her supportive care, help her to eat some wet chicken feed several times a day to make sure that she is getting enough. If she gets picked on, separate her , but if not leave her with her flock. I would give my chicken at least 2 weeks before deciding to cull, but that is always a personal decision.
  10. RinaRoo

    RinaRoo Chirping

    Apr 19, 2019
    North Carolina
    I suppose there's a possibility of moldy food, but I'd expect that in my other hens/pullets as well. I'm thinking maybe she fell, or was picked on.

    It looks just like wry neck, but the research I've seen thus far seems to say that it's a chick problem mainly.

    What is a good source of the vitamins she may need?

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