Silkie chick head wobble, insights appreciated!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Aerielle, Dec 19, 2013.

  1. Aerielle

    Aerielle Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello everyone and thank you to those that can add some insight.

    Background: silkie chick 5 weeks old, orginally was purchased from a feed store with another to supplement my silkie broody whose eggs didn't hatch. Both chicks did not look good at the feed store, very small even for bantams and not lively, but I wanted to try and give them a better life with a mom. One chick died within 5 hours after purchase.

    Fast forward 4 weeks, survivor buff chick had a death scare within the first week. Was revived and has always been a chirper. Thought having a real mom would help, no. Finally merged another broody silkie that had only one egg hatch together with this mom and baby to coparent (they've done it before) so both baby silkies could be together and would stop chirping. It didn't. But the babies were happy and the moms too, and I resigned myself to this buff baby just being a crybaby.

    In the last 3 days tho she has begun rolling and bobbing her neck. ACV is in the water and I started back up on poly vi sol no iron. Thought it was maybe sour crop, and have been dedicated as a full time masseus of tiny crop massages. Crop was emptying at night, pooping normally and still eating heavily and drinking water. Still head was rolling.

    Her tiny gait has not been affected as I wondered if it was beginning of marecks, wry neck? Or being pecked at by an older hen? I do have a mixed flock and caught one hen peck her when she was in her moms wing because she would not stop chirping, all day long...and I will say the hen that did it is usually very gentle and careful around all chicks. Maybe she just was annoyed at the nonstop crying.

    I've read about adding vitamin E and B12 with selenium. And that silkie chicks are somewhat prone to this, not sure if I want to go down a prednisone route but would consider it. Any advice or other ideas or similar situations?

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions and guidance.
     
  2. PolkaDot77

    PolkaDot77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry to hear about your sick chick! My first thought when I read head wobble was Newcastle's Disease. I believe when chickens have Newcastle they also tend to walk in circles, however. Is she doing this? I'm not terribly familiar with this, but it might be a good starting point to research. Good luck! Please keep us updated.
     
  3. Aerielle

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    No circles, just shaking rolling of her head still. Checked for mites and lice as I just heavily treated my flock 2 weeks ago due to an infestation, she looks clean. Just wish I had a better idea of what it could be. My other baby silkie that hatched from my roo and hen is so much stronger and healthy, beautiful vaulted skull.
     
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  5. Aerielle

    Aerielle Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you so much, it does have a wealth of information! I started the Vit E with the Poly, she's the same so I'll have to wait and see. Leaning towards the pecked on the head theory at this point.
     
  6. PolkaDot77

    PolkaDot77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How is your girl doing?
     
  7. Aerielle

    Aerielle Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for checking in and merry Christmas. She is the same unfortunately. Poultry vitamins are in the water and have been giving poly vi sol and vitamin e via dropper each day. Eating and drinking well. Other baby is fine. Runs like a mad when she sees me, knowing its her I'm after everyday! Poor little thing.

    No bizarre walking behavior or foot/leg paralysis that would make me consider marecks or new castle. Still leaning to being pecked on the head and has water on the brain, just wondering if it will go away naturally or if prednisone is the only solution. Seems so strong for a baby chick.
     
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  9. Aerielle

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    Small update: still the same but growing well, no problems eating or drinking. Development otherwise seems fine. Hopefully if it is water on the brain it will slowly subside. If it was/is Newcastle or Marecks she has developed a resistance hopefully and will overcome. None of my others have any symptoms and its been about 3 weeks now. Keeping my fingers crossed!
     
  10. PolkaDot77

    PolkaDot77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Glad to hear she is doing well. Happy New Year!
     

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