Rooster shaking his head. whats wrong?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MVchickens, Dec 24, 2010.

  1. MVchickens

    MVchickens Chirping

    Dec 8, 2010
    Martha's Vineyard MA
    My black australorp roo shakes his head in an S shape motion about every two min. he seems perfectly fine otherwise. any sugestions?

    1) What type of bird , age and weight.- he is a black australorp, 5 months, 5-6 pounds
    2) What is the behavior, exactly.- he is shaking his head in an S shape motion about every 2 min
    3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms?- just about a week
    4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms?- no
    5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.- no
    6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.- dont know of anything
    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.- eating drinking like normal, free ranges during the day
    8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.- normal
    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?- nothing
    10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?
    11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
    12) Describe the housing/bedding in use- 4x8 coop with pine shavings, lives with a bantam hen and dominique roo.
  2. spartacus_63

    spartacus_63 Songster

    Aug 21, 2009
    Central Iowa
    Northern fowl mites, or similar. Check under the feathers, you should be able to see activity and possibly egg bundles. If it is NFM you will need to treat all your birds and the coop.
  3. MVchickens

    MVchickens Chirping

    Dec 8, 2010
    Martha's Vineyard MA
    how do i treat?
  4. welasharon

    welasharon Crowing

    Jun 28, 2010
    North Florida
    5% Seven dust or ivomec pour on is what I use.
  5. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

    Sep 4, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca
    could be gapeworm
  6. Carrie Lynn

    Carrie Lynn Songster

    Aug 30, 2010
    S.E. Michigan
    Mites in ears?
    Is he "gaping"?
  7. spartacus_63

    spartacus_63 Songster

    Aug 21, 2009
    Central Iowa
    Gapeworms normally cause a cough. Ivomec would kill both. Iivomec is not labeled for poultry and proper dosing is important. Also you would need to discard eggs for a period of time.

    If it is mites, Seven works good, but it is more time consuming to apply. If you do find that it is mites, I would clean out the coop and dust with Seven even if you use ivomec as the treatment.

    I also like Diatomaceous Earth which is an all natural non toxic product. Most on this site will tell you that DE is not effective as a miticide, I believe it is and have had success with it.
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2010
  8. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    Head shaking is classic Ear Mites, treat with DE or seven dust, don't forget to treat all of the common area's also.

  9. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Head shaking in my flock = northern fowl mite load got too heavy and needs treating with Sevin dust in an old sock -I shake it all over the bird except face, then repeat in one week.

    The head shaking disappears within 24 hours.

    I NEVER see mites on the birds or in the coops. NEVER. I identified the mite because they were jumping on ME and biting me. Ugh.
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2010
  10. RedRoosterFarm

    RedRoosterFarm **LOVE MY SERAMAS**

    Mar 25, 2010
    Eatonville, Washington
    Can you tell me Ivermec pour on...Are there several different types? I want to hit mine for mites too and want to make sure I get the right stuff. What is the dose and where to put it and how please?

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