Week old silkie chick keep getting pecked in the head

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Diveks, Jun 13, 2019.

  1. Diveks

    Diveks In the Brooder

    Jul 14, 2017
    Ive recently hatched two silkie chicks out of 10 eggs. One of them really loves pecking the other one on the head, it had been happening since they first hatched, 4 days ago i noticed the one getting pecked acts really weird. He often tilts his head side by side weirdly like it was heavy or something. It usually happens when he is pecking at something like food or when he drinks. He also holds up his head weirdly at times. Anyone know whats wrong and what to do?
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Got my Puppy

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Silkies can get brain damage from being pecked in the skull.
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Enabler

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Can you post a picture of the silkie? It may have wry neck (torticolis) which can be caused by a head injury, a vitamin E or B1 deficiency, or can be hereditary. You may need to separate the picked on silkie with a divider in the brooder. Try giving some Poultry Nutridrench or Poultry Cell vitamins 1 ml daily orally slowly.
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  4. Diveks

    Diveks In the Brooder

    Jul 14, 2017
    He does not always hold his head like that but he sort of moves it side by side slowly, its hard to see from a picture though.

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