My chicken started having seizures/fits, twisting her head back and falling on her back!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Big Chief, Oct 12, 2015.

  1. Big Chief

    Big Chief New Egg

    Oct 11, 2015
    I have spent the last 2 days frantically trying to find information about what may be wrong with one of my chickens and although the outcome for her is the worst it can be, I wanted to write this post so anyone else who has witnessed similar actions, has some info.

    My perfectly happy and (so I thought) healthy chicken 'fell over' onto her back 2 days ago. She started flapping her wings frantically for about 10-15 seconds. I was out in the garden and went over to her to try and help and after picking her up, she appeared perfectly fine...? A few hours later, it happened again and in the morning, I noticed the perch where she sleeps had been knocked down.....a short while later, I saw her having another episode. I searched the web for what may be the cause and I couldn't find anything that matched what was happening to her. I called our vet and took her in as the fits came more frequently. In-between the seizures she seemed fine, eating, drinking, walking around with no head tilt, no discharge, no problems with balance......?

    The vet checked her over and suspected Coccidiosis but after taking a stool sample, this came back negative. Her temperature was running at 40 degrees with no other signs other than her seizures. An infection in the middle ear was a possibility but then Newcastle disease was mentioned.....a video was taken and sent to the authorities together with her body after Euthanasia.

    It was so upsetting watching her go through this and not knowing what to do or what was the cause....I am now closely monitoring my other chickens in the hope that whatever it is has not been passed onto them.
    This all happened so quickly and with very few signs. I am now waiting to hear back from the autopsy results......

    I am quite a new 'chicken lady' and uneducated about the number of problems chickens can be susceptible to, I hope this is a rare incident that I don't ever witness again but wanted to share my story in case anyone else sees these symptoms.
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC!

    I am so sorry! [​IMG]

    I am not sure what is wrong but I will move this to our Emergency section and hopefully some one can help you.
  3. azygous

    azygous Flock Master

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Thanks so much for sharing this. Please update your thread when you get the necropsy results back. This will reside permanently in this forum on this site and will be a welcome find when people are searching for information regarding similar experiences with their flock.

    I've experienced seizures twice with my chickens. One had food caught in her air canal, and I was able to dislodge it, and a rooster had a seizure on his perch and fell off, surviving that episode, but died from another one several months later. I never found the cause.
  4. megancarleigh

    megancarleigh Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 17, 2015
    SW Florida
    Keep us updated, prayers for your flock[​IMG]

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