Head hanging low and walking backwards

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ilovechickens, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. ilovechickens

    ilovechickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2008
    West Central Wisconsin
    I have a friend with a 7 week old EE that all of a sudden it can't hold it's head up, it hangs low and turns to the side. You can pull her head all the way back, and it dosen't bother her, but as soon as you stop it's head just drops and kind of jerks. It was in with an older hen, so I don't know if it got injured or not. This is an update on the chick that seems to have some serious problems, I went to see her, and now she is also walking backwards, along with her head hanging and pulling to one side, I have never seen anything like that before, my neighbor is wondering if she should cull her. She can't fly to roost, and is away from the rest of the flock.
    Last edited: May 4, 2009
  2. emilyweck

    emilyweck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2009
    Eugene, Oregon
    I'm not sure? Wry neck? Try giving it vitamin E. Sorry and good luck.

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