rooster, twisting neck to left, acting different- pictures added

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by faykokoWV, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    Another thing popped in my mind right is your feed? Is it fresh or stale smelling? Bad feed can make birds do that, toxin poisoning.

    Bless your hubby for searching the stores for this stuff. Jeez, when you are looking for it, it does not come up easy on your end.
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia "I Believe" Premium Member

    One thing you want to be careful about is putting liquids down their throats.. actually you want to make sure it goes down the throat and not into the lungs... I would just dribble the water along the beak, they'll drink it that way too. let us know how he looks in the morning.
  3. faykokoWV

    faykokoWV Mrs Fancy Plants

    Nov 4, 2008
    Cross Lanes, WV
    Quote:Thanks for the tip. I was concerned about getting liquids in his lungs.
  4. tinychicky

    tinychicky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 24, 2010
    Hollis, New Hampshire
    i hope he's okay [​IMG] i don't know, but could it be a calcium def.? rickets, i mean? i don't know. good luck, anyways!
  5. faykokoWV

    faykokoWV Mrs Fancy Plants

    Nov 4, 2008
    Cross Lanes, WV
    Quote:feed seems fine, we only feed them enough for one day at a time and I checked the container we store the feed in and the feed smells fresh
  6. Higins00

    Higins00 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    Hi, I have a hen that does this. She acts fine lays her egg scratches and all, but when she sits down or roosts she does this for a while. Then she settles in and holds her head up fine. I gave vitimins too but didn't make a difference. She is over a year old now and is normal acting besides doing the upside down neck thing. Good luck
  7. onehorse_2000

    onehorse_2000 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 10, 2010
    We have a roo that started doing this about a month ago. I found him in the evening of a very windy day, so we think ours might have gotten hit in the head/neck with something and caused damage. Tried the vitamin route, no change, but he feeds and takes care of himself, but gets beat up if he is put in the coop, so he has become a barn chicken, but I caught him chasing one of the older cats today, so apparently he doesn't feel to bad.
  8. faykokoWV

    faykokoWV Mrs Fancy Plants

    Nov 4, 2008
    Cross Lanes, WV
    He's sleeping now and his head is relaxed, not tucked way under or anything, just relaxed.

    thanks for the stories of chickens who do fine like this guys

    and thanks to everyone for the advice. I'm going to continue vit E capsules, prednisone, dripping vitamin water on side of beak ever hour

    He hasn't eaten yet, which worries me.

    Will keep posted
  9. MissJenny

    MissJenny Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2009
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Look up "wry neck" It is due to vitamin deficiency -- the Poly-vi-sol (lovely husband) is a good choice. Some have success with Vitamin E and one of the B vitamins, but I don't know off hand which one.

    Please keep us updated on him -- he's beautiful.

  10. faykokoWV

    faykokoWV Mrs Fancy Plants

    Nov 4, 2008
    Cross Lanes, WV
    well, good news is that he's still alive this morning, which supports that its wry neck and not something worse. Poor guy tried to crow this morning when he heard the other boys outside. It was not a pretty site or sound. He did eat a little on his own this morning - scrambled egg and watered chick crumbles.

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