Suspected head injury...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Paganbird, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. Paganbird

    Paganbird CrescentWood Farm

    Apr 25, 2009
    Western Pa
    I posted earlier regarding my polish pullet getting her toe cut off. Well, her toe seems fine, but I'm concerned about her head.
    Since a lot (and I mean a LOT) of blood was under the roost, I'm wondering if she got her foot caught somehow & fell from the roost.
    She is now exhibiting signs of wryneck. It is pitiful to watch. I looked it up using the search & found a link to unicorn's page to treat wryneck. My question is...
    Since I believe this was brought on by head trauma, can it still be cured as a vitamin deficiency? Will the treatment be successful?
    I hate watching her have an "episode." She's still eating & drinking ok. She hatched about 3 months ago.
    TIA for any info or encouragement. She is one of the kids' favorites.
  2. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2009
    If you believe her symptoms are from a fall I would just keep a close eye on her. She could have a number of things wrong including a concussion, bleeding in the brain or may have had a stroke. Keep her quiet and well fed and watered and hope for the best. Chickens have amazing healing powers and she just might need some time to recover.

    Hope she is well soon.
  3. PandoraTaylor

    PandoraTaylor RT Poultry n Things

    Jun 29, 2009
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2010
  4. jeslewmazer

    jeslewmazer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2009
    I have seen a chick born that way and live about 2 years before a predator got him. I have tried to straiten by slightly pulling the neck out by the very front tip of the beak....but be warned that this can make it worse or even kill the bird....probably don't try in this situation. Maybe do like purpletree23 said and give her some TLC and maybe you can be luck like PandoraTaylor and she might make it.
  5. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Yes, even if it was from an injury treat the same. Give vitamin E and poly-vi-sol. Keep her warm and seperated with shallow water and food.
  6. Paganbird

    Paganbird CrescentWood Farm

    Apr 25, 2009
    Western Pa
    Thank you all for the suggestions.
    She is doing ok this afternoon. She wouldn't eat crumbles, so I made her some oatmeal. It was messy, but she managed to eat almost all of it. I've started her on Vit E and will be going out fot the PolyVisol today. I have put a small piece of plywood in for her to roost on & she sits on the roost & dozes. (It's laying on the floor of the crate since she can't keep her balance well at all.)
    She responds well to my voice when I check on her. She wants to jump onto my lap, but trying to keep balance on my lap seems to induce spasms.
    She seems to be warm & comfortable for the moment. I thought I was going to lose her.
    Her name is Nanoo.

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