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Silkie that turns its head upside down

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Maggizzle35, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. Maggizzle35

    Maggizzle35 In the Brooder

    Feb 3, 2010
    Fairbanks, AK
    It seems I have read somewhere that Silkies are more prone to this thing where they have a neck problem and can turn their heads upside down. I have 2 different birds that are doing this right now. One is not a full silkie but a silkie mix and the other is full silkie, both just happen to be black. I had one that I received from a hatchery several years ago with the same problem. She died quite young. Is there anything that can be done for this? Is anyone aware of what causes this?

    Thanks for any help you can provide.


  2. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

    Sep 26, 2013
    madison Indiana
    i dont know anything about it except a name try looking up wry neck. its not too good a thing.
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
  4. ich-knut

    ich-knut In the Brooder

    Aug 5, 2009
    Try this link: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/785282/hen-is-turning-head-upside-down-will-post-pic

    The reply by Smoky73 and FeatheredFreind should be helpful.

    With any new baby chicks I get I give them 2 tbsp yogurt mixed in with 4-5 drops of Poly Vi Sol children vitamin every other day for about a week. This serves two purposes: gives them vitamins if they are not eating properly and healthy bacteria so they don't develop cocci. With silkies you will have to dose them like this every other week or so if you don't add vitamins into their dry food. Mine started walking funny when they reached their growth spurt and I couldn't figure out why until I gave them vitamins.

    Good luck.
  5. Maggizzle35

    Maggizzle35 In the Brooder

    Feb 3, 2010
    Fairbanks, AK
    Hi there
    Thanks for the information. I've only seen it happen in silkies. The hen seems to have gotten a bit better and originally she didn't have it and neither did this other bird. He is a silkiexcochin I think. Just this week I've noticed him with it. He is eating and drinking but when I'm not holding him his head is. Tucked way under him

    Thanks again for the information. I knew had read about this before.

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