Hen with uncontrolled head twitch

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by scarletbaby, Oct 26, 2010.

  1. scarletbaby

    scarletbaby In the Brooder

    May 23, 2010
    im not sure how to describe it but i'll give it my best. whenever my hen shakes her head she always does this weird jerking movemen.t with her head right after like she has water sloshing in her skull. She cant stop it until she does it a couple times. It kinda looks like she gets dizzy after all the shaking. She does this every time she shakes her head and none of my other hens do it. i dont think this is normal..maybe its some time of neural problem? i dont know what do you think?
  2. sydney13

    sydney13 Songster

    Mar 11, 2010
    maybe it could be gape worm?
  3. Clay Valley Farmer

    Clay Valley Farmer Songster

    Sep 7, 2010
    Or could be an early symptom of respritory infection.
  4. TeamChaos

    TeamChaos Songster

    Nov 8, 2009
    When she shakes her head, does she have fluid come out of her nostrils?
  5. rosco

    rosco Songster

    Nov 24, 2009
    Texas Panhandle
    right, is there drainage from nostrils?

    any other symptoms? swelling, lethargy, odd feces?

    twisting of the neck is Newcastle disease often times. twitching, shivering, convulsions, twisting of the neck, or paralysis. it is transmitted through feces. possibly from a wild bird in your yard. feces might have green in it.

    a nervous disorder could be as simple as a mineral deficiency.

    check the symptoms in this link or a similar website: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044. check out the tables at the end of the page. good stuff!
  6. scarletbaby

    scarletbaby In the Brooder

    May 23, 2010
    She doesnt have any other symptoms except for the weird head bobbing. Ill try getting a vid of it if i can catch her in the act. I've seen vids of newcastle disease on youtube but it doesnt seem she has that or gapeworm. Its not like she is shaking her head but its more like.....like she is head banging side to side instead of up and down.
  7. MissJenny

    MissJenny Songster

    May 11, 2009
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    I am betting that this is the early signs of wry neck -- put her on children's liquid Poly-vi-sol WITHOUT iron, two drops, three times a day and see if it doesn't clear up in a couple of days. (I am always a big fan of trying the simplest approach first.

  8. scarletbaby

    scarletbaby In the Brooder

    May 23, 2010
    i finally have a video of it just go directly to 2:13, not sure how to cut it without messing it up.
  9. goatgirl0915

    goatgirl0915 Hatching

    Apr 22, 2015
    i had the same problem with a chicken at my school... it was actually the same type of chicken as yours but white...she would shake her head side to side as if to get water out of her ears.. and it was really distinct. she suddenly just diedn yesterday of unknown causes [​IMG] it might have been one of our cats... we arent sure but it looked like her neck and wing were broken.... i am now trying to figure out what her head twitch thing is to see what might have been the cause of her death ..... but i wish u luck....

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