Trapped Rooster Now Has a Crooked Head

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by hanekins, Jan 19, 2017.

  1. hanekins

    hanekins Out Of The Brooder

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    While shutting up the chickens for the night, I found that my rooster was entangled in some deer netting that had come loose. After freeing him, I realized that his neck is now crooked and he is holding his head to the side.

    He was fine this morning, so now I'm not sure if he's ill, traumatized, or injured.
     
  2. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try massaging the neck.It may just need to get in the right place.
     
  3. Ducks4us

    Ducks4us Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would imagine traumatized and possibly injured. Chickens do alot of thrashing around trying to get free if they get stuck i would keep him in a kennel for the night and see how he is in the morning. Make sure he can eat and drink in the morning. May very well be injured
     
  4. hanekins

    hanekins Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you both. He wasn't crazy about my neck massaging skills.

    I'm hoping he just sprained or wrenched his neck. Sometimes he turns it almost normal.
     
  5. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have a estimate on how long he was tangled? .Those type of things are very stressful to chickens.As the other poster said keep him inside with food and water and offer eggs and tuna.
     
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  6. hanekins

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    I'm going to guess a couple of hours, because it looked as if he were trying to go into the coop and they do that around 5 or so.
     
  7. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very stressful.Chickens make sure they go to bed before the predators come out.
     
  8. hanekins

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    The bad news is that his neck is still wonky this morning.

    The good news is that he doesn't seem too bothered, and he's eating normally.
     
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  9. MasterOfClucker

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    Just keep massaging it into the right place.
     
  10. Ducks4us

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    Thats great that he is still able to eat and drink.
    If he has an injury it may take a while for it to heal.
    Keep an eye on him and make sure he isnt suffering
     

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