Silkie acting very Strange

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Roses80, Nov 1, 2016.

  1. Roses80

    Roses80 New Egg

    Nov 1, 2016
    Yesterday I went into the coop and noticed my daughters Silkie 7 months old trying to get on her feet and when she would would kinda take off like something bit her in the *** and flop over herself. She lays mostly on her side. I brought her by her food and water and she did both yesterday. I thought maybe she knocked herself alittle silly and see how she was today. Today she managed to be in the yard laying on her side and still cant seem to stay centered. When you go to pick her up she freaks out. Drank water but havent seen her eat. Any ideas? Cant tell if she has a neck injury, body wise seems fine.
  2. ChickenGoesRuff

    ChickenGoesRuff Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 8, 2015
    Because the balance part, I would think something along the lines of an inner-ear infection or ear related problem. Since it is also a Silkie, I would also double check that her feathers aren't obscuring her eyesight (possibly making it seem even worse) and if needed, give her a little haircut. A post from a few years back on a similar topic:

    "Ear infections can be caused by ear mites. Birds will scratch and shake their heads. You can see mite feces or the mites in the ear canal, looks like black pepper or blackish/reddish crud. Use an eyedropper to put a few drops of vegetable oil in the ear to smother them.
    Fungus can be a problem; a tube of fungal cream will usually take care of fungus. Insert the tip of the tube gently just inside the ear canal and slowly squeeze til the ear fills up with the cream...then leave it. A Q-tip can be used but some of the cotton on the tip will have to be removed in order for Q-tip to fit inside the ear canal with the fungal cream on it... insert the Q-tip gently just inside the ear canal, do NOT insert it deep! Fungus can be greenish/moldy looking.
    The most common cause of ear infections is bacteria or a respiratory infection causing bacterial infection. If there's a respiratory infection/disease, there are also other respiratory symptoms and antibiotics will be required. Keep in mind if it's a viral disease, antibiotics are useless. I normally recommend that birds with respiratory diseases be culled for the health, safety and welfare for the rest of the flock and property.
    Bacterial infections usually are whittish/yellowish cheesy looking. Pre-stage everything you need before the ear cleaning procedure. Wrap the bird snugly in a towel, tie her legs together just enough to keep her from kicking and escaping, then lay her on her side.
    The ear is located under a small flap covering the ear canal, it'll be a small hole. A Q-tip will fit inside the canal but you'll have to initially remove some of the cotton from the tip of the Q-tip in order for it to fit inside the ear canal. Remove as much cotton as necessary but remember that you must leave a little cotton on the tip to remove the gunk from the ear canal, you can dip the tip in water and shake it off so the gunk can adhere to the cotton before inserting it into the ear. Then gently insert the Q-tip into the canal and gently remove the gunk, most likely the gunk will come out in small chunks and will be somewhat difficult to remove. It'll be time consuming, patience is highly recommended. Make sure you have plenty of Q-tips on hand. Small tweezers can be helpful when removing larger chunks.
    There might be chunks deeper in the ear canal, do NOT go after them with a Q-tip nor tweezers. Use an eyedropperful of non-diluted hydrogen peroxide and fill the ear up with it. It will bubble over and out the ear...this is normal. Have a paper towel ready to prevent any of the liquid getting into the hens eyes. Once the hydrogen peroxide has finshed bubbling, use Q-tips to clean and dry out the ear canal as best as you may or may not have to remove cotton from the tip of the Q-tip to insert it into the ear, it has probably stretched enough to fit inside the ear canal. Again, be gentle and take your time, do NOT go deep into the ear canal.
    Next, get your tube of neosporin ointment and gently put the tip into the ear and squeeze, filling the ear all the way up to the top with the ointment. You are finished. Then flip the bird over and do the same thing with the other ear.
    Once the other ear is done, release your bird to go about her business. Then clean your mess up." -dawg 53

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