HELP Silkie chick has a neck issue HELP

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Yoda, Sep 30, 2010.

  1. Yoda

    Yoda Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 7, 2010
    Shady Hills, FL
    I have a month old silkie chick with a neck issue. He was fine yesterday and today he cannot hold his head up. It actually hangs down and corckscrews and goes underneath the body. I was able to get it to drink but it did not eat [​IMG]
    I never seen this before and do not know what it is or if it is curable. Please anyone who can help, I hatch this little thing from an egg and it is very sad to see it this way. They are kept in a bin with shavings that are changed every other day. I did change the bedding from pine to cedar shavings cause the store was out of the pine. The cedar one is very dusty/dirty, leaves my hands kinda blackish are filling the bin and spreading the shavings around. Also can the other three chicks get this problem as well from this one bird?

    Here's the best pics I could get. Now he/she puts the head so far back that the bird falls over onto it's back



    Last edited: Sep 30, 2010
  2. ladybug99

    ladybug99 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2010
    Monroe New Jersey
    I am new here but from what I hear cedar shavings are TOXIC to chickens....maybe it is a reaction to the cedar
  3. SassyKat6181

    SassyKat6181 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2010
    Western Mass
    I agree....Cedar is extremely toxic to chickens. You should change it out immediately!
  4. henney penny

    henney penny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 21, 2009
    Northern Maine
    Get rid of those ceder shavings and go to pine,it may be wry neck and if it is vitimins will help and I think vit. B is what you need but can`t remember for sure,someone eilse will come on and help you with that or goggle it and see what vit. to give for wry ceck
  5. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    that is wry neck-you need to put it on vitamins-poly visol no iron drops...NO CEDER--put that bugger on paper towels or news paper for now--If you caught it on time -you will start to see steady improvements with the neck-Ive had 3 of them and only 1 made it-I put the other 2 down because they were not getting better and could not eat and drink by themselves:-(
  6. Yvonne37894

    Yvonne37894 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 13, 2009
    Live Oak, FL
    The black & dusty you mentioned could be mold.
    I would do a molassa flush to get the toxins out of the chick
    then do vitamin b complex & vitamin e
    Polyvisol baby vitamin(no iron) is good also
  7. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    Oh, yes, I recognize that position all too well. My wife and I just finished curing one after having taken it to a vet.
    Your silkie, like ours, has an ear infection.
    The vet diagnosed this by the fact that when she shone a light into the silkie's eyes they wiggled back and forth, and that made her/him (it) (?) disorganized/dizzy (ETA and a lot of scooting backwards).
    Get ready for a ten days job. Our silkie had not eaten for two or three days because we were waiting to see if it would get better.
    Feed five times a day (force down throat if necessary)
    Have ready:
    400 IU Vitamin E capsules from pharmacy ( squeeze these over their feed once per day). Anne put it on the mealworms.
    Orange Gatorade from grocery
    Give the vitamin E and Gatorade until it starts eating on her own
    SMZ (Bactrin) 2 times a day _ .12 ml with a syringe
    We started off having to force feed it five times per day (beginning with lots of mealworms, then pellets) and giving water from a cup (dipping its beak into the water)
    BTW As of yesterday, the silkie is as good as new.
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2010
  8. Foot

    Foot New Egg

    Sep 29, 2010
    Check our my "Crazy Chicken"..Help!!!! On this thread and look at the video.

  9. Yoda

    Yoda Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 7, 2010
    Shady Hills, FL
    Will do! Thanks everyone. I do not think it is too late as the little one is actually eating right now so he's fighting it. don't know if it is a he or she but i keep calling it a he LOL will keep you updated

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