shaking head - crazy chicken disease - encephalomalacia

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Thelma12, Nov 25, 2013.

  1. Thelma12

    Thelma12 New Egg

    Nov 25, 2013
    I have had 3 chickens in the last 6 months die of this disease. I have finally found the answer in a great book called "The joy of keeping chickens". it is a nutritional disease they seem drunken and tip there heads back and shake them from side to side, eventually its leads to paraylisis and death. it is found in chickens fed organic rations, to help them you need to put a vitamin supplement in their water. also only give the chooks fresh rations that are stored in cool dry locations. good luck I am going to try it today and hopefully a chicken that I have which looks like it has the start of it may be saved.
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    You have pointed out something important in feeding. This problem isn't with the organic feed, but with feeds not being fresh on the shelf. Certain feed bags may not move off the shelf quickly and can have lost important vitamins and minerals, it is important to check dates on the bags for freshness. Giving some vitamins in the water a couple of days a week might be good.

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