New baby chick has twitching head.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by michpetea, Aug 2, 2010.

  1. michpetea

    michpetea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Picked her up yesterday. Very chirpy, no problems with walking/activity. She is only a few days old. Have her in a homemade brooder in house. She was twitching head on ride home as well. I hoped that it would stop, but hasn't. Anyone have ideas?
     
  2. MuranoFarms

    MuranoFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does she happen to be a silkie?
     
  3. michpetea

    michpetea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is possible. One of the roos was. She doesn't have the feathered feet. My other chick is a black silkie.
     
  4. emsdial911

    emsdial911 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Does she do it when she is falling asleep? I have a few that twitch when they are falling asleep, it like they are trying to stay awake. I was going to ask the same question
     
  5. Xanthro

    Xanthro Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I have one that does that as well. Is it an active tremor? Mine only shakes when actively using her head, not when she's sleeping or resting. It's eating and trying to use her head, that cause the tremor.

    She's a rescue chicken, and has done that since she was hatched. The person receiving her didn't get called by the post office and the chicks went without food or water for a 4 days, and some developed this disorder.

    I think it's a type of brain damage from lack of water, and mine is 7 weeks old and it hasn't gotten any better.

    When they are very very young, it's not likely Maerk's and most I've seen with this disorder have been too long without water.
     
  6. michpetea

    michpetea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have integrated the chicks with my grey girl (EE or ameracauna cross) who has broody since I got her. She has taken over all parenting - no brooder in the house now (to my cats dismay). I went to check on them this morning and don't see her doing this anymore. I only got a little peek, so I'm still watching.
     
  7. MuranoFarms

    MuranoFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a silkie that does that. She's normal otherwise, almost a year old lays regularly....she's done it since she was a few weeks old. I've talked to others that say their silkies do it also. I just think it's a silkie thing [​IMG]
     
  8. Studio2770

    Studio2770 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know this thread is old. But we just got a 2 day old Americana chick. I noticed it the drive home. I just hope it's not serious or long term. Any thoughts
     
  9. Studio2770

    Studio2770 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know this is an old thread, but we just got a 2 day old Americana chick and she does this too. I noticed it the drive home. I hope it's not serious or long term. Any thoughts?
     

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