Help Whats wrong with my chick

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  1. Chickie

    Chickie Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi I have two chicks that are five days old. One has had a slightly crooked neck for a couple of days and now has started putting her head between her legs and running backwards till she falls over. Then she gets up and walks normaly for a bit. The other is totaly healthy but will it be ok on its own untill my next batch hatch in two three weeks if the other doesn't make it. I would appreciate any advice.
    Thanks:barnie
     
  2. jimnjay

    jimnjay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is the breed? Silkies and Polish are prone to a condition called Wryneck. It can be caused buy and bump on the head or due to vitamine deficiency particularly vit E. Some have been able to cure their chicks with Polyvisol given daily. The following is an article by Alan Stanford a noted breeder of Silkies
    I am sorry you had this happen, I know it is very upsetting.

    Treating "Crookneck"
    by Alan Stanford
    Permission to share this is granted as long as you give credit to the Author

    Here is my theory and therapy for what some call "limber neck" and I call
    crookneck. The symptoms first show as a crook in the neck. It progresses to
    tucking the head, then tucking the head between the legs, then backing up, and
    tumbling over. It usually hits young birds but can happen at any age.

    It is unclear what causes crookneck. American Silkie Bantam Club members
    suggest water on the brain, vitamin E deficiency, and injury to the brain that
    is outside the skull and forms the knob on the top of Silkie's heads. The
    brain injury is the cause I feel fairly certain about.

    Water on the brain was seen in a necropsy of an affected bird. Prednisone was
    suggested as symptomatic relief. Vitamin E and B complex are both good for
    neurological disorders. Selenium helps absorb vitamin E.

    Here's what I do for affected birds. If started before symptoms get
    severe, the
    bird will totally recover. To give vitamin E - just cut the end off a human
    capsule and squirt it in the bird's mouth.

    It is important to be sure the bird gets enough to eat and drink while it has
    this problem. Birds with severe cases of crookneck can't eat and drink enough
    to survive. You will need to gently place their head in the feed dish and
    carefully dip just the tip of the beak in water. Be careful not to dip
    too far
    into the water and to not stress the bird while trying to help.

    The following is for an adult about 2 pound bird. Scale back for
    smaller birds.

    For the first week I give

    Twice a day
    2.5 mg of prednisone
    400 IU of vitamin E

    Once a day
    A piece of human vitamin B complex pill or a squirt of human liquid vitamins
    Selenium (50 micrograms/day for half size juvenile for 3 days)

    For the second week I give

    Once a day
    2.5 mg of prednisone
    400 IU of vitamin E
    A piece of human vitamin B complex pill or a squirt of human liquid vitamins

    Every other day
    Selenium (50 micrograms/day for half size juvenile for 3 days)

    For the following weeks I give

    Once a day
    2.5 mg of prednisone
    400 IU of vitamin E
    A piece of human vitamin B complex pill or a squirt of human liquid vitamins

    Every third day
    Selenium (50 micrograms/day for half size juvenile for 3 days)

    Do not abruptly stop prednisone, the swelling rebounds, decrease dose
    gradually.
    Vitamin E recovery can be slow; continue the vitamin E for several weeks at
    least.

    You can get the prednisone from a vet; just describe the problem of
    swelling in
    the brain probably due to injury. Yes Silkies' brains do stick out through a
    hole on the top of the skull.

    You can get the vitamin E, selenium, and vitamin B complex or liquid
    vitamins at
    any pharmacy.

    To get prednisone, print the pictures at
    www.browneggblueegg.com/HoleInHead.html
    and take them to a vet.
     
  3. Chickie

    Chickie Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok Thanks for all the information. I will head to the vets today. It seems a bit better today so I think It may still have a chance of recovering. Will Let you know how it goes.
     
  4. Chickie

    Chickie Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi Could anyone please tel me how to administer selenium as I could only get hold of it in tablet form.
    Thanks [​IMG]
     

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