Squatted Neck!!!???

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SparkleTia, Dec 24, 2013.

  1. SparkleTia

    SparkleTia Out Of The Brooder

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    I have rhode island red chickens and one of them has been acting really weird. She stands around with her neck inwards, she drinks but I dont think she eats. I thought it was just constipation so I have been feeding her molasses and water mixed together for 4 days but I have not seen any change in her behavior. I need help!?! I am lost for ideas
     
  2. pwand

    pwand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to Backyard chickens. :)

    Deworm her and dust her for mites and lice, even if you don't see them. Use Safequard or valbazen for deworming and sevins dust for the mites and lice. Depending where your located, hopefully you can get these.

    There can be many things that can cause this:

    Egg bound.

    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/07/chicken-egg-binding-causes-symptoms.html

    Impacted or Sour Crop, so to check this, you feel her crop first thing in the morning. It has to be flat. If Impacted it would have a solid mass. If sour it is squishy and can have a stinky smell, not always. Worms can slow down the crop, of course other things can cause this, like long grasses, hay, etc.

    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/04/answers-from-chicken-vet-on-impacted.html
    http://www.tillysnest.com/2012/01/crop-issues.html

    Rule these out and see how it goes.
     
  3. pwand

    pwand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also bring her in to a warm place to keep her warm and see what her poop is looking like. I am looking up worm dosages and will post on here when I find them. You may need to consider tube feeding if she is not eating.

    Edited.
    Valbazen dosage on this thread:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/606881/valbazen-de-worming-question

    Safeguard:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...er-for-chickens-can-it-be-used-in-their-water
    Kathy has good info at the bottom of this thread. #14
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/688579/fowl-pox-what-to-do-with-flock#post_12532231
     
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  4. SparkleTia

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    @pwand Thank you so much!!!
     
  5. pwand

    pwand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your very welcome. :)
     
  6. SparkleTia

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    @pwand Also I dont think its egg bound because she is not showing any symptoms, and I checked and I didnt see any.
     
  7. pwand

    pwand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thats good news.
     
  8. pwand

    pwand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I forgot ask, how old is she?
     
  9. SparkleTia

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    @pwand She is 9 months
     
  10. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    What you are describing sounds like she is puffed up, which can be a sign of coccidiosis or just not feeling well. It means she is sick. If she is having diarrhea, poor appetite, pale color, and ruffled feathers, she may have cocci. Treatment would be Corid or amprollium 1 tsp powder or 2 tsp liquid in 1 gallon water for 5 days if you think she has it.
     
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