Update and new issue Ranger and wry neck

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by naturegirlmn, Apr 14, 2019.

  1. naturegirlmn

    naturegirlmn Chirping

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    I posted back on April 1st about our Red Ranger named Ranger. She developed wry neck. We have seen improvement off and on and a few days ago thought she was really on the way back. Yesterday she started refusing to eat. I crushed up some frozen raspberries in top and she ate. The rest of the day though and now this morning she won't. She drinks and drinks until it starts coming back out sometimes even.

    Thoughts? Advice? She is also not standing up that we have seen. It seems very painful for her neck when we pick her up, so I have been coxing her to eat where she is. We have been giving her Vitamin E, B1, sunflower seeds and layer pellets and crumbles.
     
  2. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Free Ranging

    Sorry you face this. :(

    Sounds like blocked or impacted crop. Has she had any access to grit?

    https://the-chicken-chick.com/chicken-anatomy-crop-impacted-crop-sour/

    With so many issues have you considered it could be Marek's?

    What is her age? When was the last time she laid? Was she vaccinated against Marek's? Link to your other thread about her? Did she ever suffer from coccidiosis as a chick?

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    I think it has been a long time since she laid. She is just over 2 years old. She has her head in tight and upside down on her shoulders most of the time. Not vaccinated as far as I know. They free range, do i don't often think about grit. I will do that. Hopefully not too late.
     
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    Also, it seems more a sour crop than impacted if it is a crop issue. She hardly today, so I will check it tomorrow. I picked up polyvisol today because I think it will be easier to get her to take it tight now. What should I be looking for? I am hoping to bring her in the house tomorrow. I have no idea where or how.
     
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    Nothing in her crop at all that I can tell. She doesn't want to eat. Suggestions?
     
  7. Eggcessive

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    What has her crop felt like, especially first thing in the morning before she eats or drinks? Is it empty and flat, full and puffy, or hard? Tube feeding can be something to do to get food and water into her, but her crop needs to be functioning normally (emptying overnight.) I do think that Mareks disease could be a possibility, especially with the persistent wry neck and now not wanting to eat. Was she vaccinated for Mareks? Does she try to stand and walk around? Here is some reading about tube feeding and Mareks disease:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/updated-go-team-tube-feeding.805728/

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/the-great-big-giant-mareks-disease-faq.66077/
     
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    She came from a hatchery in Iowa. I am not sure if they vaccinated her for Mareks. I can check into it. Wouldn't the rest of our flock, or at least some, be looking il, too? We have many that have been hatched out right here that have not been vaccinated. Most of them are banty size.

    She was moving to different corners when we weren't looking, but has been in the same place the last few days. We had her in a three by four foot area, so she must have been walking. It seems like she is pushing backwards when I have gotten her up. She tends to flail her neck all ooer really crazily if I try to get her up or pick her u/move her.

    I just brought her into the house so I can attempt to feed and water her often and she is in a smaller area now. With a lot of coxing she ate some pellets and drank a little. She has gotten so thin. I am glad she has always been one to be okay with handling. A couple of days ago she was doing better and seemed to be recovering. As I type, she is eating up the pellets I left by her. She has a really messy bottom, but considering she wasn't moving the last two days that isn't surprising I suppose.

    Her crop was flat and empty this morning.
    What size grit should I offer her? They free range and have never needed it.
     

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    Adding she seems to have difficulty eating due to depth perception or something. She will try, but her beak won't be open when she hits them, or not far enough. This is how she typically looks. Her head lays straight back on her "shoulders".
     
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