silkie broken neck

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tonya in broadway, Jan 14, 2007.

  1. tonya in broadway

    tonya in broadway In the Brooder

    Jan 13, 2007
    sad day on the farm for us. we went to the coop this morning to find our silkies neck broke. just wondering some ways this could have happened so i could hopefully prevent this from happening again. none of my chickens wings are clipped i have 4 roosts up for them and they stay in the coop at night and have a fenced yard during the day. i followed the guidelines for the nesting boxes (for size and height off the ground) any input would be apprecieated. i am a newbie at chickens i bought them all over the summer as chicks (4 barred rocks, 3 buff orph 1 bantam, 4 golden comets) thanks tonya
  2. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    Just a thought. I don't have silkies but have read that they don't roost high like other birds. Sometimes they just lay down on the floor. I'm wondering if one of the others could have jumped down off the roost and accidentally landed on your silkie breaking it's neck.

    Last edited: Jan 14, 2007
  3. eggchel

    eggchel Crowing

    Dec 26, 2006
    Both Coasts
    Silkies with a vaulted skull (part of their brain isnt protected by hard skull) have been known to die from running into a wall (they really dont see well with all that fluff), being pecked on the head, or other seemingly slight traumas.
    If it's neck was actually broken, it was probably just an unfortunate coop accident.

  4. tonya in broadway

    tonya in broadway In the Brooder

    Jan 13, 2007
    Thanks all........I think it was just a strange accident. i have gone all through the coop and everything appears to be safe. the silkie and my bantam didnt get along so maybe she had something to do with it. thanks for your input...............tonya
  5. chickchair

    chickchair Rest in Peace 1959-2011

    Jan 3, 2007
    I'm so sorry, Tonya.... I've lost some that way. They get startled or frightened and fly smack into the wall.....
  6. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

    Jan 11, 2007
    I only have silkies...they love to all pile in one box and sleep together (keeps em toasty warm too)... perhaps you can make a place for them in another section of your coop???
  7. elguache123

    elguache123 In the Brooder

    Nov 11, 2010
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