Need Help, Chicken Has Limp Neck!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by hlf1996, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. hlf1996

    hlf1996 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 24, 2011
    I went out today to see all the chickens and I couldnt find my D'Uccle. I went into the coop and she was lying on the coop floor, At first I thought she was dead but when I picked her up she made noises and was looking at me. Her neck is limp and she can lift it a little but not very much. She was fine yesterday. Please help!
  2. Chicken_Pauper

    Chicken_Pauper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2011
    Southern California
    Any evidence of a struggle? I had a young pullet "murdered" by the older hens -- they broke her neck. (She had been ill, evidently they sensed the weakness and attacked her... there were feathers all around, no blood though. She died an hour after I found her. It broke my heart.)

    If she is not too young... Roosters can also break the neck of a hen when they grab them to mate. Rape by rooster. I have also lost one hen to a broken neck by a rough rooster rapist... got rid of him immediately. There is no evidence of violence when it's a rooster rape.

    If her neck is broken she shouldn't last long. I'm sorry. I don't know what else it could be.... someone else may have other, better ideas.

    Good luck.
  3. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2011
    Foothills of NC
    Research Marek's disease.

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