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Scratching and spasms in chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Cfaure, Jan 23, 2016.

  1. Cfaure

    Cfaure Out Of The Brooder

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    2 of my day old pheasant chicks are scratching around their head/neck (with both feet at a time) that leads to severe spasms. Chicks chirps uncontrollably as if in pain. Does anyone know what is wrong? Its definitely not mites. My new chicks get a new and clean towel.
     
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  2. azygous

    azygous Overrun With Chickens

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    Where did these chicks come from? Did you incubate and hatch them yourself? Did you get them from a private breeder? Feed store? Mail order?

    What it sounds like is these two were incubated under less than optimal conditions and suffered developmental defects. If that's the case, there isn't much to be done except to euthanize them.

    You are right in your observation the chicks could be in pain. Scratching frantically at their heads seems to indicate they are experiencing head or ear pain.
     
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  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    I agree, that sounds like a neurological problem, or spasms that some animals go through as they die.
     
  4. Cfaure

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    I incubate all my own eggs. Other chicks hatched at the same time....also ringneck pheasants, goldens and reeves. And there is nothing wrong with them. I actually cured them after a week. Gave them antibiotics. But still would like to know why it happened.
     
  5. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

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    wow, not sure. could it have possibly been ear problems? so glad they are better!
     
  6. Cfaure

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    I have no idea what it could have been. First time it happened. Last year I never had that problem. Out of my 45 Ringneck pheasant it only happened to those 2. Also glad they are okey. I hate to see animals in pain and they dont have ability to tell us whats wrong.
     

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