hen with a crooked neck

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Aliciahess, Sep 17, 2014.

  1. Aliciahess

    Aliciahess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a hen that is about 8 months old. She seems to keep her head cocked to the side almost all the time. I felt her neck today and it feels like it hooks in a 's' shape. She isn't in pain as far as I can tell, eats fine, lays fine..
    Any suggestions? Thanks
    Alicia
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    She sounds like she is showing symptoms of torticolis, wry neck or crook neck, which can be a neurological symptom of a head injury, a vitamin deficiency, or from certain infectious diseases. She may need extra help in eating and drinking, and limiting stimulation may help. Give her vitamin B1 thiamine, vitamin E, and selenium, or use a poultry vitamin, and add eggs to her diet. Poultry Nutri-drench and Poultry Cell vitamins contain selenium, and it is also found in Brazil nuts and sunflower seeds. Here is some info about wry neck, and the first link contains vitamin dosages:
    http://www.browneggblueegg.com/Article/Crookneck/Crookneck.html
    http://oureggbasket.blogspot.com/2013/04/wry-neck-or-crook-neck-understanding-it.html
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/97121/lets-talk-wry-neck-crook-neck
     
  3. Aliciahess

    Aliciahess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay. I will make sure to keep a close eye on her. She acts perfectly normal, the only way I figured it out was when I touched her neck. So far she is still eating, laying and socializing normally.
    Should I be concerned about eating the eggs she lays?
    Alicia
     

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