weird behavior has me worried

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by averagejake, Sep 22, 2011.

  1. averagejake

    averagejake New Egg

    Sep 22, 2011
    So last night I went into the garage to check on and visit our 5 week old silkies, I noticed one of them on its back kicking its legs, I uprighted the chick and immediately it put its head between its legs and did a somersault and went crazy rubbing its beak a crossed its breast, I watched the bird for about 5 minutes doing this over and over, I decided to quarantine the bird to make sure it wasn't sick, as I held the chick it did somersaults in my hands, its been about 20 hours now and its still the same story, it eats and drinks just fine and I watched it take a nap too, the stool looks normal and I'm really hoping for some feedback to help me understand whats going on, please and thank you.
  2. anderson8505

    anderson8505 Peace, Love & Happy Chickens

    THe Chicken Health Handbook describes this as Congenital tremors. I'm sorry, no cure. Fatal. Cull to end misery.
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2011
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens


    Silkies are very prone to wry neck (crookneck). You can do a search here on BYC for wry neck and read up on it to decide if that is what you are dealing with here. Also, here is a helpful website:
    click on the article on the left entitled, "crookneck" to read more.

    There are some success stories here on BYC with silkies and vit E and selenium.

    Tucking the head under the feet and walking backward are possibly wry neck. But I don't know and it might help you to investigate it for yourself. It can recur after treatment. Sometimes I read about the treatment needing a few weeks to help.
  4. averagejake

    averagejake New Egg

    Sep 22, 2011
    Wry neck sounds exactly right, thank you for the help, so grateful for this website, just wish in all the research I did before letting my gf buy silkies it would of mentioned the hole in the head they have that doesn't protect their brain, just wondering if they are gonna be safe around my 2 barred rocks and 9 new hampshires, they are really tame birds but I almost don't think it will be worth the risk in letting them share the same coop.
  5. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    I'm thinking siezures.
  6. K9ThorsMom

    K9ThorsMom Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 25, 2010
    Pinellas County, FL
    sounds neurological to me, but I'm not a chicken expert (I'm a CVT that works small animal emergency) this a new symptom, or something that has been going on for some time? If it's new, I'd think trauma or infection...just a thought...isolating is definitely a good idea...

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