New to BYC

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Silkies52, Dec 27, 2015.

  1. Silkies52

    Silkies52 Hatching

    Dec 27, 2015
    Queensland. Australia
    Hi. I live in Queensland, Australia. In June this year I became the owner of three Silkies - all pullets. one White, one Buff and one Partridge. Next came another white pullet. Then a Buff Rooster and one of his ladies - a Buff/Partridge hen. Then a Black Rooster. It's like a disease!!!! (I had the same trouble when I started getting fish - one tank turned into 13!!)

    Was given some eggs to incubate to delve into colours and breeding. Had seven hatch. One died three days after birth. The other six survived. They are now seven weeks old and eating me out of house and home.

    Then I decided to incubate a dozen of my own buff chickens. Unfortunately only three hatched. But they are doing very well and growing rapidly.

    I do have a tale of woe... One of the six original chicks (a splash) took a turn for the worse at about two weeks old. She appeared to develop wry neck. I was advised to give her anitone in her water to correct a possible vitamin deficiency. After three weeks she was not much better and I approached BYC for some possible assistance. Through the website I came across an article by a lady who had a wry neck chicken. She made a neck brace out of some soft bubble wrap and that appeared to right the problem. I did this for my chick and it has certainly corrected the wry neck. However, there is another problem that it did not fix. When the chicken gets startled she tucks her head under her body, travels backwards at 90 miles an hour then somersaults back to her feet. It is like she is having an epilectic fit. Can chickens get epilepsy and can it be cured? Or is it better to put her out of her misery?

    Would appreciate any help and advice.
  2. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Crowing

    Oct 21, 2015
    No where Nebraska
    Welcome! This is a great site full of helpful people. When you get a chance check out the learning center, it is a great place to get lots of good info.
    You might post your question in the Emergency disease and injury thread, they maybe able to help you!
  3. Silkies52

    Silkies52 Hatching

    Dec 27, 2015
    Queensland. Australia
    Many thanks. I will do that.
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - glad to have you onboard. Hopefully someone will revert with some help with your issue.

  5. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Songster

    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America
    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!


    Good luck figuring out what is going on with your bird. I wish I had answers for you.
  6. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. X2 on the links that OrganicFarmWife left with you. Hopefully someone in our Emergency section can help you. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your pullet.
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  8. KeyFlock

    KeyFlock Songster

    Feb 22, 2015
    [​IMG] I'm glad you decided to join us!!
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Sounds like "silkie syndrome" where the head drops between the legs, they walk backwards, break dance and other odd movements. Sometimes it is a nutritional imbalance and can be helped with Polyvisol infant vitamin drops(NO IRON) 3 drops, 3 times a day - put in the front of the mouth, so she can spit out if she doesn't want to swallow. You can also get vit.E capsules and squeeze out a few drops onto her food. If there is swelling of the brain some vets treat with prednisone. Silkies , especially with vaulted skulls are very prone to brain injury from a peck to the head or a bump or fall.

    You can also massage(Gently) the neck and head into the correct position a few times a day. Some birds respond fast and then relapse but, eventually regain normal form and function. Others take longer to respond. Generally - birds do not die from this but, some owners just don't want to bother nursing them along and put then down.
  10. Silkies52

    Silkies52 Hatching

    Dec 27, 2015
    Queensland. Australia
    Thanks Drumstick Diva - you have described my chicken's symptoms to a tee!! We have been "putting off" the advice that we have been given to "put her out of her misery" She is a lovely little chook and has become very friendly. We really would like to keep her so we will persevere for a little longer. When you say that they "eventually regain normal form and function", how long is "eventually" and despite what looks very traumatic to us, is it distressing the chook in any way? We don't want her to suffer in any way with the condition.

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