Problem with Small Silkie

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by jwalls01, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. jwalls01

    jwalls01 New Egg

    Oct 30, 2013
    I have 11 Silkie chicks ranging in age from 5 to 10 weeks. One of the smaller ones has become sick (or injured) in the last 3 days. Its feet have drawn up and sometimes it twists it head completely upside down. I have still been able to get it to eat and drink a little.
    Does anyone know what causes this, and is it a sickness that is contagious to the other chicks? If this is not a sickness, has the chick
    been stepped on or pecked?
    Is there any hope for this little guy or is it just a matter of time.
    I would appreciate any help or advice than can be offered.
  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    It sounds like the chick may have a vitamin deficiency and wry neck. You should get some vitamins, either special poultry vitamins or Poly Vi Sol infant vitamins (without iron) from a supermarket. Give the vitamins for a week or so, and see if there's any improvement.

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