HELP!! WHAT COULD BE WRONG

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by countrygirl1993, Jun 30, 2016.

  1. countrygirl1993

    countrygirl1993 New Egg

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    We have a few silkies, the other day one died out of the blue, they are still young but not really young... They are bout 4 or so month's old... We now have one that is acting weird, she is holding her head to the side to see like she can't see from the other side and when she lays down her head is ether on the ground or on her back... We also have silkie chicks that are a week old that randomly started dieing too.. They were doing really good then all of a suddon acted weird and lost couple of them... Could anyone know what's possibly going on?
     
  2. Gresh

    Gresh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First of all, I would recommend calling your local veterinarians and asking them if they can treat chickens. A vet doesn't have to just be an avian vet to accurately diagnose and treat chicken diseases. My local vet treats all sorts of animals and also treats my chickens and ducks, with great success.

    It sounds like your Silkie with the neck issues may have a nervous problem known as wry neck. There are several causes of wry neck, but the fact that your bird is a Silkie is very suggestive. Here's a quote from an article in The Poultry Magazine (Vol. 4, Issue 1, May/June 2013; "Wry Neck in Chickens" by Katharine Jennings) that may shed some light on the issue:

    Quote: As to treatment of such trauma, the article is not very helpful and suggests using steroids (I think the article is written for poultry vets). However, it did mention to isolate the bird from the rest of the flock for its own protection, and to keep an eye on it so that it does not drown in its water dish (something that can happen if the wry neck leads to paralysis). Again, contacting a local vet on the issue may be of invaluable help.

    Another thing that can cause wry neck, according to the article, is nutritional deficiencies, and sometimes even poisoning of some sort (such as from pesticides or other household poisons that are so common that they are often overlooked). Make sure that the feed you're giving them is high in necessary nutrition, and that potential poisoning sources are not present.

    As to the other chicks, how many have you lost? Was there any warning at all, any strange behaviors? When they are that young, there can literally be a host of diseases that could kill them quickly...unfortunately, young birds are the most susceptible to lethal diseases. Any specific information about your flock, including housing, access to the outdoors, etc., would definitely be appreciated and may help me or someone else give you a better idea as to what may be happening.

    I hope you don't lose anymore...keep us posted!

    ~Gresh~
     
  3. countrygirl1993

    countrygirl1993 New Egg

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    Well we have now lost all the chicks, as of this morning, the big hen is still alive and gets up and moves around. Everyone that is old enough and completely feathered out is outside...they are getting 20% starter/grower/finisher with scratch
     
  4. Gresh

    Gresh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sorry to hear that you don't have any more chicks...the only thing I can think of is some poultry disease that is particularly dangerous to young birds...possibly coccidiosis.

    As to the older bird, I would say she probably has just had some sort of trauma. Continue to keep an eye on her, and if you haven't already, I would call around to see if you can find a local vet that treats chickens and could give you a better diagnosis than I can.
     

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