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EE hen throwing her head back?

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

  1. chickNjake

    chickNjake Songster

    Sep 3, 2008
    east tn
    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 Songster

    Aug 12, 2008
    Wadsworth, Ohio
    Can chickens have epilepsy??? Goodness gracious....I hope your chicken is okay!!!
  3. skeeter9

    skeeter9 Songster

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

    chickNjake Songster

    Sep 3, 2008
    east tn
    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 Crowing Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Check her for mites.

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