Urgent help-floppy neck!!!! Please advise

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by HalcyonFlorida, Aug 9, 2013.

  1. HalcyonFlorida

    HalcyonFlorida Out Of The Brooder

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    Woke up this morning to find my healthiest, friendliest buff orp lying on the floor of the run. Her head is all floppy, she can barely raise it. Her body is floppy too. Her feet are curled in. She coos when I pick her up very quietly.

    I isolated her, gave her some water with apple cider vinegar, which she drank and some organic yogurt, which she ate a bit of. She could hold her head up ever so slightly better after eating.

    She is 6 months old, and I have had her since she was 1 week, with zero health issues. The other chickens seem fine.

    She has not yet laid an egg.

    Thoughts? I am so worried about her.

    ETA: just gave her some molasses diluted in water, and am trying to find the Polyvisol, which I read can help. o/w will run out and buy some more this morning.
     
  2. ten chicks

    ten chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Has it been hot? If yes,it could be heat stroke/stress,in this case you have to cool her down immediately.
     
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    HalcyonFlorida Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, very hot yesterday. But it wasn't that hot last night and she was fine yesterday.

    She just had a very bright green poop.
     
  4. ten chicks

    ten chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Green poop usually indicates not eating(other than eating grass clippings,etc). Make sure she is eating/drinking.
     
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    HalcyonFlorida Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay, gave her a couple dropperfuls of molasses water and she ate some yogurt.

    How long til I should hope to see recovery? A couple of hours if it was dehydration and lack of food?
     
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    HalcyonFlorida Out Of The Brooder

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    anyone?
     
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    HalcyonFlorida Out Of The Brooder

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    She is going downhill. She isnt even trying to lift her head anymore. I am so sad.
     
  8. ten chicks

    ten chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Careful with the molasses,can cause diarrhea which can cause dehydration. Not good if your girl is already dehydrated . If she had heat stroke/stress,it will take a couple of days for her to start feeling better. Heat stress can cause damage to internal organs,so time is needed to heal. Make sure she is eating/drinking,give the electrolytes.
     
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    Thank you Ten chicks! She doesn't seem to be doing well. Giving her electrolytes, she is eating yogurt but I have to hold her head and neck as she can't hold them up at all. She cannot stand. Her wings are floppy when I lift them.

    Here is a shot of her this morning, trying to get up: [​IMG]


    Here is a shot of her this afternoon. She doesn't look good:[​IMG]

    I checked her cloaca and all clear. No signs of injury that i can see. But it's almost as if she's paralyzed or something, no muscle tension whatsoever.
     
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  10. ten chicks

    ten chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have you checked her crop for impacted? When she was brought inside,did you place fans or anything cold beside her to cool her down? Can you take her temperature,if you have a thermometer that you just aim to get a reading or if not take her temp in her vent,gently insert into her cloaca,temp should be 103 degrees Fahrenheit(young bird) - 107 older hen. If over 113 degrees Fahrenheit,she is overheated still,possibly due to heat stroke/stress.
     

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