Is this star gazing (photos)

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by suebgbr, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. suebgbr

    suebgbr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,
    I have been searching through the site and I think this is star gazing /wry neck.
    I have just given him/her some sunflower seeds and mixed herbs as I googled and found them to be high in Vitamin B1.
    What is the english equivalent of Poly Vi Sol please?

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  2. Gargoyle

    Gargoyle Overrun With Chickens

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    how often does she do this, does she hold her head normally most of the time?
     
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/97121/lets-talk-wry-neck-crook-neck
    Here is one thread on wry neck. Wry neck sometimes is helped by vitamin e/selenium supplementation:
    http://browneggblueegg.com/Article.html
    click on left column article "crookneck"
    Wry neck can be from injury, infection, or vitamin deficiency from what I have read.

    Stargazing looks like this (from thiamine deficiency):
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/publications/6/diseases-of-poultry/216/vitamin-bi-deficiency

    I am sorry that I don't know the cause of the twisted neck (diagnosis charts at bottom of this webpage for other possible causes):
    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044
     
  4. suebgbr

    suebgbr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Chickens are Sweet. I have just spent hours poring over those sites. Some bits were helpful and some just **** confusing!
    Gargoyle, he/she was found under the other hens. My other half thought he/she had a broken neck. I put her in a plastic crate in my bedroom. When eating he/she is fine and motor skills are perfect but then he/she looks to the sky and gives a Popeye impression, backs into a corner or falls over and flaps.
    I have some doxycycline powder. Do you think it may help to add this to the water? He/she has just polished off a scrambled egg, sunflower seeds and dried mixed herbs so he/she is eating really well.
     
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I would not give antibiotics myself unless I were sure of an infection, but that's just me.
     
  6. suebgbr

    suebgbr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just to let you guys know.
    It is early days but it is good news. I left out the antibiotics as advised and fed him on scrambled eggs, sunflower seeds, corn mix and dried herbs for a week.
    I then went to the health shop and got some Brewers Yeast Powder which I added to dried corn mix.
    Last night, instead of having to wrap him in a towel and tuck him under my arm to eat and drink he actually stood up!!
    He wobbled round like he was drunk but he managed to feed himself still standing up.
    Today he is leaning against the side of his box but he is still on his feet, his head is the right way round and he has begun to talk.

    I am so pleased as I was sure I would be on ebay for a dispatcher before christmas.

    Thank you guys for all your amazing advice and kudos on having a brilliant site.
     
  7. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I am so happy your little guy is on the mend! [​IMG]
     
  8. suebgbr

    suebgbr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He is now out of ICU (Intensive Chicken Unit) in my bedroom, was moved to the bathroom and is now in the dog crate in the conservatory.
    He is feeding himself and walking round the crate, although he looks like he has been at something in a brown paper bag.
    I am going to use the brewers yeast as a permanent supplement for all my chickens. It says on it it is a vitamin B supplement for brain, nerve and muscle development. I only got it because the vitamin b1 only came in tablet form, not capsule or liquid.
     
  9. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I am pretty sure that I have read on BYC someone using brewers yeast as part of the feed.
    Did a quick search and yes lots of threads:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/newsearch/?search=brewers+yeast&type=all
     
  10. suebgbr

    suebgbr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just thought I would let you guys know. Skylander as he has now been named has started to crow today for the first time ever. Although his head is still sideways.
    It's all thanks to you guys.
    Thanks and Merry Christmas.xxx
     

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