My 4 week.old chick has strange behavior

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by saraalbro, Mar 21, 2016.

  1. saraalbro

    saraalbro Hatching

    Mar 15, 2016

    My Easter Egger chick is acting so strange. She is burying her head under her stomach and is backing up her rear into a corner or against the feeder. I can't tell if her neck is hurt maybe? She is the only one who is doing this
  2. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Songster

    Feb 7, 2016
    Saint Louis, MO
    Does she then go to sleep? She may have just figured out a way not to fall over.
  3. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Free Ranging

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    It could be wry neck. Usually treatment is with vitamins (especially B1, E, and Selenium.) Poultry Cell and Poultry Nutri-drench contain vitamins and selenium, you can also try Poly Vi Sol baby vitamins (No Iron) 3 drops by mouth, and add some selenium--25 micrograms daily. Here is some info on wry/crook neck:
  4. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

    Jan 17, 2013
    I've had enough wry neck in my flock to recognize it when I see it. yes she has wry neck. you will want to treat with be poultry vitamins, polyvisol without iron, selenium small amount ( large amount is toxic) vitamin E. some also add prednisone to this mix. for Exact doses and instructions go to look up crook neck. He refers to Silkies specifically in the article but his treatment is the SAME for other breeds. By following his treatment plan EXACTLY I was able to completely cure three of my wry neck cases. my birds were severe. they couldn't eat or drink by themselves I had to help. they couldn't walk and we're doing flips. This treatment takes patience. it took about a full MONTH of treatment before mine in all cases were cured. I do believe in this treatment it worked wonderfully for me. Do remember wry neck itself is NOT a disease but a SYMPTOM of a under lieing issue. The issue could be vitamin defiency, or brain swelling from being pecked or just genetic predisposition. if it's defiency the vitamins help if it's brain swelling the prednisone helps , genetics is tricky. it can return after being cured if that's the cause but something is causing the wry . you should have success if you follow his treatment plan. not over night but in about 4 weeks. separate her and begin treatment ASAP hope this helps. best wishes
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2016
  5. saraalbro

    saraalbro Hatching

    Mar 15, 2016
    Oh no! Where can I buy selenium? My tractor supply doesn't have it
  6. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Pharmacy in the supplements aisle.

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