Hen with no balance

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Bandersnatch, May 30, 2007.

  1. Bandersnatch

    Bandersnatch Hatching

    May 30, 2007
    A few days ago I noticed one of my silkie hens seemed a bit off-balanced. Otherwise she was fine.
    The next day she had gotten a bit worse balance-wise, and now was relatively easy to catch, so I brought her inside and gave her food. She ate a decent amount. I noticed that she had lost weight, however.

    Over the past two days of being inside she has quickly gotten worse. Though she moved a few meters today (I was out and did not see this happen), she spends most of the time sitting upright with her feet quite far out in front of her. She seems to have little balance, if any, left. From what I have seen, she cannot stand upright. She is still showing interest in eating (though not a lot), passing food (poop is mostly soft but solid to slightly runny), grooming and still is quite reactive.
    As it is almost winter here, none of my flock (including this hen) have been laying for about 3 weeks.
    I've curled a towel around her to help her sit properly. I am not currently feeling hopeful. Is there anything else I can do for her?

    Is this possibly contagious, and is there anything I can do specifically to help prevent spread to the rest of the flock?
    Last edited: May 30, 2007
  2. Gracefulspice

    Gracefulspice Songster

    Mar 25, 2007
    I read silkies have neurological problems. Here's the post to the thread. dlhunicorn gave a link you can click on to read more about it. Someone else will be along soon I'm sure to give more insite. Good Luck

    Edited for link
    Sorry forgot to add link [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 30, 2007
  3. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

    Jan 11, 2007
    Here is link below to my collected articles on imbalance/crookneck in birds:

    (crookneck /limberneck starts out as imbalance...the first link is to Alan Stanfords treatment article for when it is caused by brain inflammation from injury to the head but the vtE/slenium plus the B vitamins and dosages are helpful in almost every other cause of imbalance so please do read this...in particular since your bird is a silkie)

    Here is the link to my collected articles on the most recurrent emergency situations (will include links to some saved threads from BYC which are also very useful):

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