Update: guinea’s with wry neck

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by Kcerquozzi, Jul 18, 2019.

  1. Kcerquozzi

    Kcerquozzi In the Brooder

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    Hi everyone! Just wanted to post an update because I am OVER THE MOON! :celebrate

    My previous thread -
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/wry-neck-in-my-guinea’s.1322543/

    The next morning I noticed that one of the guinea’s was acting much better. She was walking around, eating, drinking and she seemed to have more control over her head, although she did still have some spastic moments with her neck. This gave me hope! Unfortunately, the other guinea seemed to have only gotten worse. She was face down and still twitching her neck in every which direction. It almost looked like she was having seizures.

    After all kinds of research and advice from you wonderful people, I decided to give the vit-e a try. I purchased 400IU gel capsules and mixed the gel with some water and fed it to her via syringe, (which was a process all on its own) and miraculously within minutes I already noticed a difference!

    She immediately perked up, began straightening herself up and you could see her trying her hardest to lift up her neck and head.
    I was able to help her drink some water and nibble on some food. I also helped hold her head up for a minute or so hoping it would help with strength. She was doing awesome, but after a little bit would still end up face down- I chucked it up to her being exhausted from working so hard, so I decided to call it a night and let her rest.

    The next morning she was even better! Walking around, eating and drinking on her own, although her neck was still hanging a little bit. It looked like her head was just too heavy for her to hold up. I scrambled an egg and left it for her to pick at throughout the day.

    When I came home that evening, the egg was gone (whether it was her who ate it, or one of the other 2 babies I brought back inside, I’ll never know) but she was EVEN better! The neck hanging/twitching was 90% gone and she was moving around on her own almost fully normal. Yay!

    I gave her another dose of the vit-e / water mixture via syringe as well as put some vit-e in the water gallon they drink from, just to be on the safe side.

    This morning when I checked, she looks great and I am SO relieved! I really didn’t want to cull her! I am still keeping them separated from the outside flock for another week or so just to be on the safe side but (knock on wood) I think we’re just about in the clear!
    Although her neck area looks like it lost a lot of its fur/feathers which concerns me, I haven’t seen any type of bug bites or external injuries on it so I’ll save that worry for another day!

    Thanks to everyone who offered some input! And I hope this could help anyone in the same situation or who are unsure of what to do. In my eyes the vit-e is a life saver! I purchased other vitamins that were recommended as well but never actually used them. But at least I know I have them on hand if I ever do need them.

    Happy clucking!
     

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  2. R2elk

    R2elk Free Ranger

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    The thing to remember is that wry neck is a symptom and not a disease. What works in one case may not work in other cases especially if the wry neck is caused by some poison such as botulism.
     
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  3. Kcerquozzi

    Kcerquozzi In the Brooder

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    I know, and from what it seems (and I hope,) I believe the wry neck was due to vitamin deficiency. I was first worried about a neck injury since we recently added them to the outside flock, but as I said there’s no external signs of injury and I hadn’t noticed any aggression from the bigger birds. Then I worried about botulism but it just didn’t make sense given our area, what they did and ate, the fact that it only happened to 2 of them out of our 12 birds, and how they were perfectly fine then an hour later we noticed them like this. I will definitely be keeping an eye on them all and if it does seem like there’s an illness going around, or any type of bullying, I will make the needed adjustments. Thanks for the info!
     
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  4. Joev1973

    Joev1973 Songster

    Good to know thank you for sharing. Wondering how you got her to take a syringe though lol maybe your faster than me!
     
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  5. Kcerquozzi

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    Oh it was difficult lol. My boyfriend held her as still as possible and I would gently open her mouth. She would end up shaking her head free so it definitely took about 4-5 tries to get all of it in her.
     

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