Odd Chicken...what to do??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by buggirl7, Feb 13, 2013.

  1. buggirl7

    buggirl7 New Egg

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    When I got my chicks on Nov 1 they all seemed normal. As one of them grew up I noticed that she had an odd 'collar bone'; like it was twisted or broken but now as she is three months old it is clear to us that her neck is compacted into her body. She stands off balance but uses her wings freely, runs, bounces and eats (better than the others)! She now has a bit of an ear infection (i think). I'm concerned that it might be related to the crooked neck? She is unable to scratch her face on the side that the ear is gooey so is it just going to be unclean all the time? Could it be related to her digestion somehow because her crop is so close to her ear b/c of the compacted neck? Also, if a chicken is in pain do you think she would still run around, be peppy and eat? In the bottom picture you can see a small bit of skin and it is her neck arching up in her back. I don't know if keeping her alive is more my benefit than hers....

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  2. Flat Rock farm

    Flat Rock farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a silver laced wyandotte hen a few years back with a similar affliction. She started out developing fine then it seemed her head was positioned to the side. She lived for five years like that, her growth was a bit stunted compared to a normal wyandotte but she was healthy, happy and laid eggs regularly. I think if a chicken was in pain she would not be doing the things you mentioned, she seems to be acting like a normal chicken.
    Not sure what to say about the ear, maybe try putting her on some antibiotic for a few days???
     
  3. buggirl7

    buggirl7 New Egg

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    I did look at the possibility of wry neck but she was pretty much like this from the first week of her life, I just didn't really notice it much until her neck length was noticeably shorter than the others. It is not twisted as it has never been able to emerge from her body, you can feel it in her back its in there, just never was able to grow straight outward.... very very odd. I didn't know if it was a genetic thing or something that happened in shipping....
     

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