necks turned sideways and laying on sides..dying help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by NickieC, Oct 16, 2015.

  1. NickieC

    NickieC New Egg

    Mar 19, 2012
    We have broiler breeds bought from a hatchery. approximately 3-4 weeks old. hubby knows age I don't. found one this past weekend sick and it died after i told him it might be Wry neck. Gave electrolytes and it died within 4 hours. Today another was found which is a week apart from the last one. What is wrong??
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Can you post pictures? Were the birds vaccinated for Marek's? Are you sure they aren't older? Any other symptoms you can see? Did you perform a physical exam to rule out breaks, dislocations, or other physical injuries?

    Keep in mind that broilers have a lot of health problems. It's not uncommon to see a decent mortality rate in them. Granted this mostly applies to Cornish Cross, not as much to things like Red Rangers and other colored broilers.
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Welcome to BYC. Torticolis (wry neck, crook neck, twisted neck) can be a symptom of many diseases, vitamin deficiency, or from an injury. Vitamin deficiency should always be suspected first and treated with poultry vitamins containing vitamins E and B1, and selenium. One disease that affects young chickens under a month old is avian encephalomyelitis (AE) and it's symptoms include lying on side, lameness, and tremors especially if you hold them on their backs in the palm of your hand. There is no treatment. Here is some reading about AE:

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