Help!! Chicken with sprained or broken neck!! Help!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Kailey the Animal Lover, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. FlyingNunFarm

    FlyingNunFarm Crossing the Road

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    I wouldn’t. See how he does when you move that blanket. You can offer him water in a small glass or even a large spoon. They have to tip their head back to drink so if that’s a problem you can wet feed to give him. Or a scrambled egg. Even if you crush up the feed and make a thick milkshake for him he should be able to get that down.
     
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  2. Eggcessive

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    It sounds like he has wry neck or a drooping neck from his injury. Make a thin paste of chicken feed plus water and tsp of plain yogurt. Mix a little chopped egg which has selenium, and hold it up to his beak while he is propped up. If he is panting from being hot, place his in a shady spot in a cooler room. If you can get vitamins, such as Poultry Cell, Poultry NutriDrench, give him 3 ml gradually over the day. You may need a syringe to see the amount. Or you can use other poultry vitamins in the water or use liquid baby vitamin without iron 3 drops daily.
     
  3. Wickedchicken6

    Wickedchicken6 Si vis pacem, parabellum

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    Hi Kailey! I'm so sorry to hear about your rooster. He's a pretty brave fellow!

    Incase this can help, I had a cull rooster that was attacked in our barn late last fall. My rooster had wedged himself between a square bale and the sliding door of the barn. He was in shock and chilled when I found him in the morning. His tail feathers were gone and he had wounds along his neck (bite marks I assume) He also couldn't lift his head or neck at all, his head rested on the floor in front of him...he couldn't keep his head up like your rooster.

    I couldn't keep him in the house, he was kept in a kennel in our closed rooster shed. My rooster couldn't peck or eat anything, the only thing he could do was drink. I gave him an electrolyte vitamin mixture in a water dish and helped him with his neck to drink it exactly the same way you did in your post #30.

    It took 2.5 weeks before he could begin to lift his head. As soon as he could control his head a bit I fed him chick starter in a dish and held him while he pecked at it. He progressed well from there and was soon eating on his own. He's healed 100% and is back to normal.

    Unfortunately, I was injured at the same time so I needed assistance to get him out of his kennel and I was only able to help him drink him a couple times a day. He rested the remainder of the day and was not handled. I put one of his cull buddies in with him that had an injured eye. I did not wash his wounds, they were done bleeding and had clotted so I left them alone. I kept an eye on the wounds for infection.

    It was a lot of work with him but I couldn't put him down after he'd managed to survive the attack. I'm glad I didn't give up on him.

    It may take some perseverance with your rooster. But as long as your rooster doesn't give up, I think you have a good chance of him responding and getting well. He looks much better and more alert than my guy did. The fact he has his head up while sitting in the box is a good sign. :fl
     
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  4. Kailey the Animal Lover

    Kailey the Animal Lover Chirping

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    I think he was just really thirsty. I fed him 1/4 cup water and he was fine. Just a little panting.
     
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  5. Kailey the Animal Lover

    Kailey the Animal Lover Chirping

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    He seemed to like the fan. He leaned into it as soon as it turned on.
     
  6. Kailey the Animal Lover

    Kailey the Animal Lover Chirping

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    He cannot hold his head up by himself. I was holding it up.
     
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  7. Wickedchicken6

    Wickedchicken6 Si vis pacem, parabellum

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    In your post #30, yes...you were holding his neck. I was referring to your post #29. But I see you have his neck/head propped up with a blanket.

    He may be in pain. It may be possible that it causes pain for him the more that you move him.
     
  8. Kailey the Animal Lover

    Kailey the Animal Lover Chirping

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    UPDATE: He is sleeping in my closet. His breathing evened out, and he drank a bunch of water. Eyes look more alert, too!!:wee:celebrate:lau:plbb:thumbsup
     
  9. Wyorp Rock

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    Hi Kailey:frow

    I'm sorry to hear about your rooster. You have received some very good advice from the other posters.

    You have done well taking care of him.

    It's good that he is drinking some and is now resting more comfortably. When your Mom gets home, have her help you examine him for any wounds that may be hidden under his feathers. It goes a lot easier with 2 people.

    Keep us posted on how he is doing - I hope he gets better soon.
     
  10. alexa009

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    I am glad to hear he is drinking water, please update on how he is doing and if he starts moving his head. Hope he gets better!
     

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