Seizing/Contracted Mama hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Utahchickendiva, Aug 15, 2010.

  1. Utahchickendiva

    Utahchickendiva New Egg

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    My daughter bought a mama hen and her chicks earlier this week (we have a laying flock as well). On the second day the Mama hen started having seizures:(. It's gotten worse each day until now she's not seizing as much, but her feet are perpetually clenched and her neck is twisted to the side. The Chicks still snuggle up beneath her and she's not sqwaking as though she's in pain but I'd be a fool to think she's not suffering. For the last three days I have given her yogurt water via a syringe. It's not much, but she does swallow most of it and it seems to be all I can do for her. When I hold her she seems more relaxed, maybe because I hold her wings to the side and when she seizes she isn't flailing all over the place. It's AWFUL to watch but I don't know what to do. It's been four days now, she's still alive. I can't bring myself to kill her but don't know if I should keep giving her water and nutrients to prolong things. I would appreciate any advice on what I should or should not be doing in this situation. So sad.
     
  2. viktoriacl

    viktoriacl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A seizure could be caused from many things. Have you tried giving her water with eletrolytes? She may have a sever electrolyte imbalance. It's just an easy thing to try. Hope this bump helps.
     
  3. Utahchickendiva

    Utahchickendiva New Egg

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    Thank you Victoriacl--I had bought some pedia sure but hadn't tried it. I did tonight and she took it really well. She doesn't seem to be seizing anymore, but is still pretty rigid and her neck is twisted. Still, I'm very hopeful with how well she took the electorlytes and how relaxed she's become since then. I really appreciate your feedback--thanks.
     
  4. chkn

    chkn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's a good idea, they give so much of themselves hatching chicks who knows what's missing from her diet.
     
  5. Utahchickendiva

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    I think I figured it out--after some digging around on BYC I'm pretty sure she has wry neck. I've read up on all the advice, one of which is electrolytes, and I'll be working with her for the next couple of weeks. She was MUCH better this morning and actually fought me for the first time. I think the electrolytes helped her get some energy back. I know there's no guarantees, but I'm releaved to know that wry neck can be treated. Here's hoping!

    Thanks again for your help
     
  6. viktoriacl

    viktoriacl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So glad to hear that she is doing better! Glad you got some more info too!
     

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