Drunken-acting Appenzeller

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Galumphix, Nov 30, 2009.

  1. Galumphix

    Galumphix New Egg

    Nov 30, 2009
    Hi all -

    A couple of weeks ago, I bought three pullets to replace my four chickens that were savagely murdered by raccoons (and yes, we did thorougly beef up the coop after that). One, an Appenzeller (or Spitzhauben), has always been odd, and I'm wondering if she has an illness or head injury. I think she's 3 or 4 months old.

    At first she was a bit high-strung, running around the chicken run. Now she mostly stands in one place and looks like she's dozing off, her head drooping down, then perking back up. When you put her down after picking her up (she won't climb the ladder to the coop), she stumbles. She'll twist her head, as if to look at you. Another chicken pooped on her and so we washed her yesterday, and she barely complained, even when we brought her into the bathtub to blow her dry.

    I read that crowned chickens have holes in their heads and are quite prone to head injuries. So what do you think: injury, illness, or just a strange bird? And what should I do?

  2. PandoraTaylor

    PandoraTaylor RT Poultry n Things

    Jun 29, 2009
    Isolate her
    Keep warm
    Give Electrolytes & extra Vitamins in water.

    if you truely believe it is a head injury, then an Avian Vet may want to give a Cortizone shot. That is all they did for my cockatiel that bonked herself on the cage top, to the point of seizures.

    Otherwise you can just wait to see what happens....

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