1. handsomes2chics

    handsomes2chics New Egg

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    My silkie rooster just started today with this weird thing. Some times he can't hold his head straight he try's but it just gradually falls to one side and he seems alittle off balance. He is moving around, eating and drinking. Crop and vent are normal along with feet and wings And there doesn't seem to be any swelling in his head. Help!!!
     
  2. tblee

    tblee Out Of The Brooder

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    How is his eye's looking any change in his pupils?
     
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    It sounds possibly like wry neck or crook neck. Below are 2 chickens with it. It can be caused by a vitamin deficiency, a head injury, or from inflammation in the brain. Read these links to see if it sounds like that, and if so, treat him with vitamins (B1 thiamine, Vitamin E, and selenium--dosage for a 2 lb chicken is in the first link:)
    http://www.browneggblueegg.com/Article/Crookneck/Crookneck.html
    http://oureggbasket.blogspot.com/2013/04/wry-neck-or-crook-neck-understanding-it.html
    https://tikktok.wordpress.com/tag/treat-chicken-with-wry-neck/

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  4. handsomes2chics

    handsomes2chics New Egg

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    No, no change in pupils I don't think it's crook neck . He gradually falls to the side but then picks himself back up and it's mostly just when he isn't moving and has his head straight up then it sort of droop I guess you would say
     
  5. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    Wobbling and losing balance, and weakness of the neck may be possibly symptoms of Mareks disease. There are many possible explanations for what he is doing, so don't take this as a diagnosis, but something to read about, and hopefully, rule out. Does he show any weakness or lameness in either legs or wings? Botulism, from eating remains of a dead animal, or other poisoning would also be some things to rule out. Here are a few more links to read:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/the-great-big-giant-mareks-disease-faq
    http://extension.unh.edu/resources/files/Resource000791_Rep813.pdf
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/diseaseinfo/19/botulism
     
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