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Rooster Keeps Head Down - What's Wrong?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by carolMI, Mar 2, 2016.

  1. carolMI

    carolMI New Egg

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    Hi. I have a 3 yr, old Silkie rooster (Mickey) who was recently badly beat-up on the head by an young 8 mo. old rooster (I suspect because not enough hens). The young rooster has a nice new home and I nursed Mickey back to health. After a few days, he made a great recovery, acting like a normal rooster, head feathers growing back. He's been doing great....until yesterday, when I noticed he wasn't acting right. He holds his head down with his rear up in the air (see attached photo), has labored breathing and shakes his head quite a bit. Any one know what's wrong and what I need to do to get him right? Thanks so much.
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  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    My guess is that he has some neurological symptoms, perhaps similar to wry neck (torticolis, crook neck.) A vet may be able to help him if possible. You could also give him some poultry nutri-drench, which contains vitamin E and selenium, used to treat wry neck. Adding water to his feed, and wrapping him in a towel, may help to get enough food and water into him several times a day. A vet might want to prescribe prednisolone or prednisone to help him. Let us know how he gets along.
     

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