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My Silkie is head shaking

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by scottsue, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. scottsue

    scottsue New Egg

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    My Silkie Flora has been shaking her head, first it was to one side, now both. We've tried using liquid for ear mites and it hasn't helped. Any ideas?
     
  2. Frost Homestead

    Frost Homestead eggmonger

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    [​IMG] are you thinking she has mites? if so you should dust her whole body with sevin. ear mite medication is for cats & dogs, etc. and goes inside their ears, you can't use it on a chicken.

    if she's shaking her head it could mean that she's trying to clear her nostrils due to a respiratory infection. does she seems like she's got a runny nose or like she's having trouble breathing?
     
  3. LadiesMan017

    LadiesMan017 Out Of The Brooder

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    My Splash Silkie sort of had done the same thing. She shook her head side to side for a second, but never had runny nose or anything, and I always thought that she was getting the feathers out of her eyes because her top head feathers hanged down so much, that I couldn't even see her eyes hardly.
     
  4. Tracy the chick

    Tracy the chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ive read that you can use a dog flea shampoo but be careful no shampoo gets in there eyes.. Please dont quote me on this! Someone on here will no more..
    Good luck hun, Tracy xx
     
  5. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Dog flea shampoo is fine for chickens, although I doubt it would help in this case. It's probably nothing. I have birds who do that quite a bit from time to time. Sometimes I think it's a tickle...around the eye maybe. Now if it's happening non-stop I might worry... Of course it's always good to check your birds for mites/lice periodically, but I just don't think that's your issue here.
     
  6. <3 N.C Chicken Chick <3

    <3 N.C Chicken Chick <3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:How do you fix the resporatory infection? How much dust do you use? I have noticed some of my chickens doing these...
    Symptoms:
    Head thing
    Scratch their face
    crusty noses
    sometimes on Funkey I can hear him breathing
    poo on their buts ?? Pasty butt.
     
  7. Frost Homestead

    Frost Homestead eggmonger

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    <3 N.C Chicken Chick <3 :

    Quote:How do you fix the resporatory infection? How much dust do you use? I have noticed some of my chickens doing these...
    Symptoms:
    Head thing
    Scratch their face
    crusty noses
    sometimes on Funkey I can hear him breathing
    poo on their buts ?? Pasty butt.

    respiratory infection: get some Baytril, follow directions carefully. available at Tractor Supply, etc.

    you can check for mites by looking around their faces and vets (butt). look for anything crawling around or eggs attached to the feather shafts. if they have mites it should be pretty obvious.

    use as much dust as you need to get it all between their feathers. sometimes it's best to try to dust them in the evening when they are roosting (easier to catch them all) try your best not to get it in their eyes and not to stir it up too much to prevent them from breathing more of it in than you can help.

    repeat dusting them after a week. also dust the entire area where the birds sleep/roost and spend their time, you wanna make sure you get it EVERYWHERE. mites like to hide in cracks and bedding. this will only help with feather/skin mites, not scaly leg mites. for those you need to massage petroleum jelly on their legs until it clears up. adding permethrin to the petroleum jelly will help clear them up faster.

    hope this help​
     
  8. <3 N.C Chicken Chick <3

    <3 N.C Chicken Chick <3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks [​IMG]
     
  9. chicken112233

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    I have recently hatched silkie chicks and one chicken was born a bit weird. The chicken is a female and when she was born she always fell over and we caught her onher back with her legs in the air like it was dead and pecked the walls of her brooder. 9 weeks later and she walks fine and doesnt trip over anymore but it always shakes its head side to side constantly. It is however the most freindly out of my chickens and is really active and runs away if the other chickens follow it aha . I doubt its mites or anything like that but nethertheless dizzy is my favourite chicken. Does anyone know whats wrong
     
  10. chicken112233

    chicken112233 New Egg

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    Oh forgot to mention the head shaling isnt fast its like swaying side to side slowly like a snake
     

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