Nuerological or something else?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Shadrach, Jun 22, 2019.

  1. Shadrach

    Shadrach Roosterist

    Jul 31, 2018
    Catalonia, Spain
    My Coop
    This is Bracket.
    She's a bantam hen just over a year old.
    Four nights ago she didn't return to her coop. I thought it likely she had a nest and was sitting.
    It took me two night to find her and her nest.
    When I found her she was sitting roughly in the position you can see in the photograph.
    I confiscated her eggs and destroyed her nest. The next morning she returned to the nest but then rejoined the rest of her tribe for the day.
    During the day she free ranges with her tribe and apart from some minor difficulty climbing steps during the first hour or so after being let out in the morning her behavior is normal for a broody hen.
    She will still ruffle up when approached but has been doing it less today and still clucks a bit.
    She eats and drinks and from what I've seen forages normally.
    The problem is at roost time she goes into the coop and then tries to adopt the position you see in the photograph. On a hard surface her legs slid and she rolls over. It looks like she is having a fit.
    Last night and tonight I have brought her in to the house and confined her to the pet carrier because I'm concerned she may injure herself in the coop. During the day she is out and about with her tribe.
    Has anyone seen this posture before and does anyone have any ideas on what the problem could be and how to sort it out?
  2. Might be wry neck, which can be caused by many things including Marek’s Disease, vitamin deficiencies, or other causes.
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  3. Shadrach

    Shadrach Roosterist

    Jul 31, 2018
    Catalonia, Spain
    My Coop
    I would expect with Wry neck from whatever cause, the symptoms would be evident during the day. She's pretty much normal all day right up to the moment she gets in the coop at night.
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  4. N F C

    N F C Marbles...I found mine!

    Dec 12, 2013
    Sorry about your girl having a problem Shad...hope someone can come up with some answers.
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  5. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
    Can you give her some vitamin E today?
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  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    That's really odd.
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  7. 007Sean

    007Sean Pheasant Whisperer

    Oct 25, 2015
    South Central Texas
    Could she have gotten into something while she was being broody? Her pose says 'wry neck' but you say she doesn't exhibit it all the time?...could be that it just started? hasn't progressed far enough to be evident continuously.

    I don't know what you have at your disposal in the way of medications but if you can get Vitamin B complete, Vitamin E, and if possible a vitamin that includes Zinc, sometimes over here calcium tablets will include zinc. Human consumption vitamins will work fine.
    Boiled egg will provide the selenium needed for the uptake of the various B vitamins(B1, B3, B12 etc) that are present in a 'complete' B vitamin tablet.

    If it where neurological, it should have shown it's self before now...unless it is Marek's, which I doubt that it is...does she have tremors, stagger or fall, unable to move her wings? Might be a type of encephalitis, carried by certain mosquitoes...just a thought!
    Best wishes, hope you can get her sorted out.
  8. getaclue

    getaclue Crossing the Road

    Jun 19, 2013
    Central Florida
    Is her crop emptying at night? Could this be why she's doing it at night?
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  9. Shadrach

    Shadrach Roosterist

    Jul 31, 2018
    Catalonia, Spain
    My Coop
    I'm picking up some vitamin E capsules this morning. I had to order them.:rolleyes:
    I'm going to try the 400 IU per day treatment but I think problem is associated with broodiness.
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  10. Shadrach

    Shadrach Roosterist

    Jul 31, 2018
    Catalonia, Spain
    My Coop
    She's getting B complex now in a liquid form.
    I'll try Vitamin E from today.
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