Silkie With Wry Neck!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Help!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by blueoval1, Sep 2, 2009.

  1. blueoval1

    blueoval1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 21, 2008
    Raleigh N.C.
    Hi I have a silkie with I wry neck I went down to the barn today and saw it he was fine yesterday. I feed dumour starter. What do id do? I think the other chickens pecked at its vaulted skull.

  2. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Hi, start her on poly-vi-sol liquid children s vitamins. Buy some Vitamin E gel Caps, with selenium if possible. Pierce the gel cap and drip in her mouth. I do it twice a day for a week or until you see improvement, then slowly go to one a day then every other etc. Serch on here for the exact amounts to give etc.....
  3. fourfeathers

    fourfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 7, 2008
    Western Kentucky
    I posted before on another silkie with wry neck....would really investigate Alan Stanford's suggestions and visit for more info on silkies. Also would separate during recovery and consider whether he is being picked on by others in flock and may need to be away from some for his protection.

    Treating "Crookneck"
    by Alan Stanford
    Permission to share this is granted as long as you give credit to the Author

    Here is my theory and therapy for what some call "limber neck" and I call crookneck. The symptoms first show as a crook in the neck. It progresses to
    tucking the head, then tucking the head between the legs, then backing up, and tumbling over. It usually hits young birds but can happen at any age.

    It is unclear what causes crookneck. American Silkie Bantam Club members suggest water on the brain, vitamin E deficiency, and injury to the brain that
    is outside the skull and forms the knob on the top of Silkie's heads. The brain injury is the cause I feel fairly certain about.

    Water on the brain was seen in a necropsy of an affected bird. Prednisone was suggested as symptomatic relief. Vitamin E and B complex are both good for neurological disorders. Selenium helps absorb vitamin E.

    Here's what I do for affected birds. If started before symptoms get severe, the bird will totally recover. To give vitamin E - just cut the end off a human capsule and squirt it in the bird's mouth.

    It is important to be sure the bird gets enough to eat and drink while it has this problem. Birds with severe cases of crookneck can't eat and drink enough to survive. You will need to gently place their head in the feed dish and carefully dip just the tip of the beak in water. Be careful not to dip too far into the water and to not stress the bird while trying to help.

    The following is for an adult about 2 pound bird. Scale back for smaller birds.

    For the first week I give

    Twice a day
    2.5 mg of prednisone
    400 IU of vitamin E

    Once a day
    A piece of human vitamin B complex pill or a squirt of human liquid vitamins
    Selenium (50 micrograms/day for half size juvenile for 3 days)

    For the second week I give

    Once a day
    2.5 mg of prednisone
    400 IU of vitamin E
    A piece of human vitamin B complex pill or a squirt of human liquid vitamins

    Every other day
    Selenium (50 micrograms/day for half size juvenile for 3 days)

    For the following weeks I give

    Once a day
    2.5 mg of prednisone
    400 IU of vitamin E
    A piece of human vitamin B complex pill or a squirt of human liquid vitamins

    Every third day
    Selenium (50 micrograms/day for half size juvenile for 3 days)

    Do not abruptly stop prednisone, the swelling rebounds, decrease dose
    Vitamin E recovery can be slow; continue the vitamin E for several weeks at

    You can get the prednisone from a vet; just describe the problem of
    swelling in
    the brain probably due to injury. Yes Silkies' brains do stick out through a
    hole on the top of the skull.

    You can get the vitamin E, selenium, and vitamin B complex or liquid
    vitamins at
    any pharmacy.

    To get prednisone, print the pictures at
    and take them to a vet. (for those unable to access this article, Alan has generously given his permission to repost the article/photos below)
  4. MeowilynMonroe

    MeowilynMonroe Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 10, 2010
    Big Island of Hawai'i
    I have a blue silkie, about three-weeks-old, who started to show signs about two-weeks-ago.

    After some research online I immediatly switched to organic chic starter, seperated "Hendrix", the inflicted chic, from the other chics, and started giving Hendrix...

    1) a tiny crushed piece of human B vitamin,
    2) about half of a 400 IUD vitamin E gel cap, and
    3) mixed it with a couple drops of selenium to help the absorbtion of vitamin E

    ...each day.

    I often mixed it with some mulit-grain baby cereal, soymilk, and egg yolk for nutrition supplimentation.

    I was starting to get worried about Hendrix after a week, because his head was always tucked....

    But this week...especially today, Hendrix seems almost normal. I am so happy!

    Everytime I have checked on him today his head has been up.

    I will probably continue treatment for another week.

    Good Luck with your chic! Hang in there!
  5. Pollitollito

    Pollitollito Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2010
    I had one like that and the vitamins really help!!! on 3 days she was ok
  6. JayDe

    JayDe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2009
    Lithia, FL
    I followed Alan Stanford's treatment on my 8 month old silkie and he recovered fully, but it took 2 weeks to see ANY results and 1 month for him to recover fully---but he did recover!

    We also made a sling for him so he wouldn't hurt himself flipping over.

    Good luck!
  7. CrazyFowlFreak

    CrazyFowlFreak Pine Hill Farm

    Apr 24, 2009
    I just had this happen with one of my Silkies. I put her in a large dog crate alone, and fed her Vit E for four days, three times a day and she came out of it after 6 days. The other advice you've gotten is great.
  8. silkieowner

    silkieowner Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2010
    Hi i just got some new chickens myself the lady gave me my little buff silkie twister for free as it has wry neck, I'm treating with Penta-vite multivitamins
    Each ml contains:
    Retinyl palmitate (Equiv. to Vitamin A 3600IU)1.98mg
    Thiamine hydrochloride (Vitamin B1) 1.2mg
    Riboflavine sodium phosphate (Equiv. to Riboflavine Vitamin B2 1.8mg) 2.5mg
    Nicotinamide (Vitamin B3) 15.8mg
    Dexpanthenol 640mcg
    Pyridoxine hydrochloride (Vitamin B6) 300mcg
    Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) 95mg
    Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3) 22.5mcg

    I noticed it hasn't got vitamin E in it but my baby seems to be improving and its only day 4, Tommrorow i'll be giving her some scrambled egg with her pellet soaked in warm water. Foods that have high vitamin E is wheat,oats leafy green vegetables,nuts and seeds,sardines and egg yolks.

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