Think my Silky has a hearing issue..

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Ms.FuzzyButts, Sep 5, 2009.

  1. Ms.FuzzyButts

    Ms.FuzzyButts Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 5, 2009
    North Alabama
    First off, Hello to all!! I am a newbie to your forum, but long time lurker.
    My question is about one of my silky babies. It is about 2 months old and was enjoying a graze in the yard when one of my dogs was playing and decided to pick it up and play with it. Well, my Australorp saved the day and flogged the dog abruptly and the dog spit my silky out immediately without any visible damage. He didn't want to eat or drink at first so I gave him some electrolytes and that did the trick. He perked up and is fine except that he holds his head funky with the left eye and ear turned up as if to hear you better. His balance is sometimes iffy. So I am figuring he may have fluid in the ear! If so , what do I do? Any ideas or suggestions?
     
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  2. Hollywood Chickens

    Hollywood Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    Florida
    [​IMG] from Florida
    I don't know maybe, hope you gave that Australorp a treat [​IMG]

    edited because my smiley face didn't show up [​IMG]
     
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  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Sounds like a neurological problem, likely brain damage, which frequently occurs with vaulted skulled babies like silkies. Brains are playable though, so hopefully your little girl can recover from the internal injury.
     
  4. suburbanminifarm

    suburbanminifarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I agree. This head tilt and accompanying ataxia happens sometimes when the soft top of the head is hit. Your chicken will probably get better with time if it was'nt too severe.
     
  5. Ms.FuzzyButts

    Ms.FuzzyButts Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 5, 2009
    North Alabama
    Thank you all so much. Yes, we did give the australorp special treatment for her bravery.. [​IMG] This Monday will be a week since it happened. I am keeping him in the house with us to keep an eye on it. I do hope it heals, although if it doesn't, I guess we will have one spoiled baby..lol
     
  6. Ms.FuzzyButts

    Ms.FuzzyButts Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 5, 2009
    North Alabama
    Here is a picture of my silky and how it holds its head.
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