star gazing chicks or chickens

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Glenda L Heywood, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Songster

    Apr 11, 2009
    Well in my opinion and having raised a lot of chicks
    I would dispose of THEM as here is a experience of
    a lady saving a star gazer which happened at 6 weeks from injury

    Also here in the 2nd article is very good information on why it happens in chicks
    she has very good information
    Glenda L Heywood

    Star gazing chicken. Rocky, two month old cockerel has a neurological disorder called star gazing. He was badly beaten up by either the ... - 44k -

    Star gazing chicken
    Rocky, two month old cockerel has a neurological disorder called star gazing. He was badly beaten up by either the girls or his siblings when he was four weeks old and has been living in the house, own run, garden and allotment with me ever since. A couple of weeks ago he started twisting his neck around to the left and then looking up at the sky. He does this when anyone so much as looks at him; otherwise he potters around like any other bird. When I pick him up his had hangs down (twisted round)with his eyes closed like he's dead When he's tired he drops down, twists his neck right round and then reverses in circles. At night he sleeps on the floor, on his side with his head on the floor, or on a "pillow". He likes being in small confined spaces at night and is happiest in the cat basket. I've been told that this can be caused by trauma (his bashing) and it's unlikely he'll grow out of it. Does anyone have any experience of this?

    They recommend Brewers yeast tablets so go on there and red
    but I wanted you to know what quality of life the bird will have

    This next article is very good

    Star Gazer. This star-gazing lovebird hatched a "stargazer." This was the only stargazing chick ever hatched in this family. ...
    Stargazing / Twirling
    Index of Bird Diseases .. Symptoms & Potential Causes ... Bird Species & Diseases They are Most Susceptible to ... Bird Health Care

    Although Stargazing (Twirling) appears most frequently in finches, my own lovebird also was born with this disease.

    This star-gazing lovebird hatched a "stargazer." This was the only stargazing chick ever hatched in this family.

    This condition was at its worse when it was little. Over the next couple of years, the condition corrected itself. The photo above shows him markedly improved at about 1 year's old. By the time the lovebird was 2 years old, it was hardly noticeable.

    The twisting of his head may have been caused by the positioning in the egg. Owner: Sibylle - [email protected]


    "Stargazers" constantly throw their head back, sleep with their heads between their legs; go around in a circle; look at the ceiling, turn their heads around in a circle and look up.

    Stargazing can strike at random and without warning or past history of problems.

    Finches are particularly susceptible - although other species have been diagnosed with it.


    In some birds, the condition may correct itself over time or may be corrected given certain condition ...:
    ... if it was caused by poor positioning inside the egg / poor egg condition (may only be a consideration if a bird was born with this condition)
    ... condition may be reversed is if the root cause is malnutrition and it is corrected
    ...resolution might be achieved through successfully treatment protocol (antibiotic treatments, etc.).
    If this condition is left uncorrected, the following progression) can be expected:

    Inability to fly.
    Loss of balance/equilibrium. Falls off the perch.
    Difficulty moving around in cage
    Can't find food or water - resulting in starvation
    The end result of stargazing is almost always death.

    What Cause Stargazing / Twirling?

    A definite cause has not been identified as of yet; however, the following are suspected:

    Egg positioning (?)
    Viral / bacterial or yeast infection
    Chemical imbalance
    Vitamin and/or mineral (nutritional) deficiency; Vitamin D deficiency (lack of natural sunlight exposure). Too much calcium can result in a ‘drunken bird' look
    Genetic predisposition
    Inner-ear problem

    Treatment for Stargazing

    The following treatments have been reported as being fairly effective:

    Trimethoprim Sulfa
    Vitamin B 12 to strengthen the nervous system
    Enhanced nutrition to correct any nutritional deficiencies

    Prevention of Stargazing

    The following steps will be an important step in not only preventing this disease, but others too.

    Prevent birds which carry the genetic predisposition for this disease from breeding so that they cannot pass this condition on to their offspring
    Provide the best nutrition possible.
    Provide uncontaminated water and clean air
    Keep your bird's environment clean
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