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Help my Favorite Silkie is in dieing need of help! Help us please!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MoodyBroody622, Feb 4, 2014.

  1. MoodyBroody622

    MoodyBroody622 Chirping

    Apr 23, 2013
    Scribner, Nebraska
    EMERGENCY: I have a silkie bantam hen that appears to have a broken neck, she hold her head to one side or upside down, she kind shuffles around but keeps her head that way. She cant eat or drink obviously! I have Probiotics and Electrolytes, could that help? I have no idea, she was fine this morning now its 4:42 pm and she is like this. I dont know what to do to help, anyone have any idea? Any help would be great! Please help me, she's my favorite silkie and i dont know what to do!

  2. Bocktobery 10

    Bocktobery 10 Songster

    Oct 8, 2010
    Hi Moody Broody,

    I'm sorry your hen is ill! I don't have much to suggest other than it sounds like a condition called "wry neck".. If you do a search on that, it may come up with some helpful ideas. If I remember reading about it, I heard that there is a certain vitamin that may help her out of this, but I'm not sure. I'm so sorry I can't be other any other help. I've not dealt with anything like this in my hens, only that I remember reading about something like this.

    Does her condition look or sound similar to this:


    Again, sorry I can't be of more help. I hope your hen makes a full recovery. Hopefully, someone else might chime in with some advice.
  3. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

    Jan 17, 2013
    Wry neck can be cured three of my silkies had it and all three were completely cured following the directions and treatment plan from browneggblueegg.com look under crook neck. It takes a good month but if you follow the treatment to a tee she should come out of it.i wish you the best.
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2014
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    I agree with Bocktobery that it may be wry or crook neck, also known as torticollis. It is a neurological symptom of either vitamin deficiency, diseases such as Mareks and Newcastles, and of a head injury. Silkies can be prone to head injuries becasue many of them have vaulted skulls. First separate her for quiet and less stimulation. You may have to feed her or make sure she gets water. Vitamin B1, E, and selenium should be given. It is easiest in poultry vitamins for the water or polyvisol, but selenium has to be added. Prednisone is sometimes used too. Here is a good link that tells how much and when: http://www.browneggblueegg.com/Article/Crookneck/Crookneck.html
  5. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

    Jun 24, 2012
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