EE hen throwing her head back?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickNjake, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. chickNjake

    chickNjake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The other night I went out to put the chickens up, to find my EE hen, Muffy, just standing on the ground. I didn't think too much of it because sometimes another chicken will push one off the perch. I then shined the flash light I was carrying on the perch, as I usually do and then when they see it they will jump on the perch, but she just looked at and appeared to be deciding on where to jump. I was patient and waited on her but then she throws her head back, falls on the ground, and starts twitching it.
    I've had this happen before when giving a chicken a shot, and that time the bird died within minutes [​IMG].
    because when that happened I lost all hope of her making it, [​IMG] I picked her up and shook her mildly and told her to stop (yes I was reasoning with her [​IMG]) and...she did. [​IMG]
    my initial thought was a heart attack from the immense stress of deciding whether-or-not to jump [​IMG]. so I put her on a perch with a shelf directly under it (in case she falls )to hopefully relive her stress by putting her in a normal situation, so I watched her for about 10 minutes and she starts again.
    so I pick her up and take her to a cage in the basement, watch her for a day, and release her back out side, and she's completely normal, and laying a green egg a day. [​IMG]
    my question is why? will it continue? and should she be seperated?
    other potential 'clues':
    -about 30-35 degrees (not bitterly cold)
    -lasts for about 20 seconds
    -kept head tilted to one side for about 2 hours after
    -she is 2 years old, large size(5 pounds-ish), Ameraucana mix(EE)
    -never any health problems

    I know that is a long description, but I tried to include every detail , and thank you for taking the time to read!!!!!!!![​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2009
  2. Katie Jo

    Katie Jo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can chickens have epilepsy??? Goodness gracious....I hope your chicken is okay!!!
     
  3. skeeter9

    skeeter9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Kinda sounds like a seizure. Was just her head twitching, or were there other parts of her body twitching?
     
  4. chickNjake

    chickNjake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    only her head was twitching, but she didn't seeem to have control over the rest of her body. I was thinking seizure but I thought that seemed far fetched [​IMG] but It may be. If she ever starts again I'll try and take a video or something, and thanks -jake [​IMG]
     
  5. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Check her for mites.
     

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