Twisted neck and a couple with yolk not absorbed

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Allicoop, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. Allicoop

    Allicoop Out Of The Brooder

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    My last 3 chickens to hatch today (day 21) all had a few issues. None of these were assisted hatches either. Two of my silkies had a small amount (pea sized) of yolk sac still attached which surprised me as they were in there the longest, my other 15 hatched without any issues. Just checked on them and one has totally absorbed it, and the other has reduced by half...so thrilled. I left them by themselves in the gator and upped the humidity. Seems to have worked a treat! This forum is fantastic !
    I really need some advice on my last chick though. It has a twisted neck. It hatched this way as its only a couple of hours ago. She seemed to pip just under half way of the egg but she got out herself and is healthy in ever other way. From the moment she emerged she didn't seem to straighten it out. She can't hold her head up much and scurrys in circles or backwards. Her head droops and she seems to balance on her beak! I don't want to lose her as she is so gorgeous...and advice?
     
  2. bargain

    bargain Love God, Hubby & farm Premium Member

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    Hopefully this will clear up. I would try extra vitamins for her. It may have been a hatching accident, but wry neck can also be heritidary or vitamin issue. Silkies, especially, can be prone to wry neck. Hope this is helpful, keep us posted and I'll be watching... Farmer Nancy
     
  3. Allicoop

    Allicoop Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi Farmer Nancy,
    I don't hold much hope for my precious little one....maybe spinal...who knows...I have posted a couple of pics for any ideas

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  4. hrhta812

    hrhta812 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In the pics where chickie's head is up, is it because you're supporting it somehow, or is chickie able to do that for a second or two? If chickie can do it without help, even for a short time, I would think improvement is possible. I hope so - such a precious little fluffball! [​IMG]

    I found some older posts on here about wry neck and they talked about using a Vit. E and selenium supplement [also said don't use Polyvisol due to Vit A in that interferes with Vit. E absorption]. Some of the posts mentioned giving a little water with some molasses mixed in for electrolytes; I've used unflavored Pedialyte for sick chickens but I don't know how other folks [more experienced than I am] feel about that item.

    One person also said they made a neck brace with duct tape and paper towel for bad cases.


    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/597633/symptoms-of-wry-neck
    re vit. supplementation:
    Please note that vitamin E (at therapeutic dosage) is absorbed only in combination with selenium (the two are interdependent on each other)... if there is a malabsorption issue in general this will also affect absorption and therefore it is a good idea to give a general supplement like Avia Charge 2000 ...
    Vit A (in excess ) will negatively affect uptake of vit E so you should not use the Polyvisol in combination with the vitamin E/selenium as a general rule.
     
  5. Allicoop

    Allicoop Out Of The Brooder

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    She can actually support it without help for about a minute, she positions herself more upright for balance, so she doesn't stand on her feet, but her whole lower leg. She is alot better today than yesterday. She is having trouble balancing and walking but hopefully given time she will learn. It seems to be kinked almost, I'm going to try and do a bit of gentle massage on it today, anything that helps.....I'll get some vitamins today, I gave her some electrolytes yesterday, that I have given on occasion to my kids, but watered down. It's all I could think of at the time. She's not quite 24 hours old yet, so crossing everything....
     
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    bargain Love God, Hubby & farm Premium Member

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    Be sure to add no iron vitamins when you use vitamins. And also make sure that the chick is able to access food and water. You may need to adapt a feeding station so that if she cannot bend down to eat, you could try one stationed at a higher level as well as a waterer at a higher level. Be careful that neither can fall down or over as to harm the chicks. I'll continue to watch over here Praying for the best for her and grateful for all your care!
     
  7. LilyD

    LilyD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with what the others said try to add some vitamins to the water and see if that helps clear it up. I had on born in my last hatch last year that had her spine bent in a C shape. It was actual bone and you could feel it through her feathers. She did okay during her young weeks but once she was about 12 weeks old she degenerated rapidly and I had to cull her. She got to the point where she couldn't eat unless we held it under her head and she couldn't move except in circles. Since her quality of life had gotten so low I decided it wasn't fair to make her keep going so I culled her to end her suffering.

    Good luck with your baby I hope extra nutrients will help.
     
  8. Allicoop

    Allicoop Out Of The Brooder

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    Well I am pleased to say that my little chick is amazing! She slept sitting down with the others and is eating and drinking normally. I've even been socialising her with the other 14 chicks and no probs at all. She's only just 4 days old today, but things are looking bright. Will post some pics of her soon.
     

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