HELP PLEASE NEW OWNER WHITE LEGHORN WITH CROOKNECK

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by HannahB, Aug 14, 2014.

  1. HannahB

    HannahB Hatching

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    Sorry for all caps but I have no idea what to do! I have a white leghorn hen who is approximately 6 months (hasn't produced an egg yet) that seems to have developed crookneck overnight! I walked into the pen today and noticed her backed into the fence with her head under her wing, hopping backwards. I have taken her in my home, and I have been giving her water from a dropper and she has been eating food that I wet first (giving her chick starter feed because its smaller finely grained bits). I have read about vitamins to give them, but not for a leghorn.

    QUESTIONS:
    What vitamins to give her?
    Should I get some medicine? What kind?

    Please help as I am a first time chicken owner, and I love all my animals and would hate to have my chicken die on me :(
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member 7 Years

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    The vitamins that are most important with wry neck are B1 (thiamine,) E, and selenium. She may have suffered a head injury, since wry neck can be a neurological symptom of head injury, vitamin deficiency, or from an infectious disease. Sometimes prednisone can be prescribed by a vet. Here are some links, and the first has drug dosages:
    http://www.browneggblueegg.com/Article/Crookneck/Crookneck.html
    http://oureggbasket.blogspot.com/2013/04/wry-neck-or-crook-neck-understanding-it.html
    http://oureggbasket.blogspot.com/2013/04/wry-neck-or-crook-neck-understanding-it.html
     
  3. HannahB

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    Ok I am giving the bird a vitamin and electrolyte supplement in her water. She is not eating food, is this ok? I gave her some chick starter feed, and she ate a little but not much.
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member 7 Years

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    Try some scrambled egg, and some feed mixed with water to make a gruel to eat liquids and food into her. Eggs are a good source of selenium.
     

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