What"s wrong with this turkens neck?

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  1. ILuvsChicks

    ILuvsChicks Out Of The Brooder

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    This nine month old turken has quit holding it's head up. First noticed it when it was freezing weather. Thought she was just trying to keep her bare neck warm. But she hasn't quit doing it. She stumbles some when walking. She uses it when I throw out scratch. I've held her and pulled on her head and it straitens out. What could be the cause of this?
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    It may be wry neck, which can be a symptom of many different things, such as a head injury, brain inflammation, vitamin deficiency, or from some diseases such as Mareks, avian leukosis, fowl cholera, and severe respiratory diseases. The neck can be twisted, looking upward, or downward, and it may be like that part of the time or all of the time. The stumbling could be another symptom. Was she vaccinated for Mareks? You may want to put her on poultry vitamins (vitamin E, vitamin B1, and selenium) in her water or feed. Selenium is a mineral found in many foods such as egg, nuts, ground meats and fish. There is no timeline on treatment, but you my want to limit noise and stimulation, and she may need help eating. Some people will hold them in a towel, and moisten their food with water to help them get enough. Here is some reading:
    http://www.browneggblueegg.com/Article/Crookneck/Crookneck.html
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/97121/lets-talk-wry-neck-crook-neck
     
  3. ILuvsChicks

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    "Was she vaccinated for Mareks?"
    No she hasn't been. Is that something I need to get from the Vet too?
    I don't have a Turken Rooster. But do have a Silkie Rooster among others. So she may be half Silkie even though she shows no sigh to be.
     
  4. Eggcessive

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    Mareks is a disease that can cause tumors in the nerves, skin, eyes, and internally, and wry neck can be one of the symptoms. The vaccine is usually given as a day old chick at the hatchery. Giving it now would not help if tht is the cause of her wry neck. Since wry neck has many causes, it is best to watch her, treat with vitamins, and see if any other symptoms show up. Here is some info about Mareks:
    https://extension.unh.edu/resources/files/Resource000791_Rep813.pdf
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/the-great-big-giant-mareks-disease-faq
     
  5. ILuvsChicks

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    Thanks for your help. She was an incubated chick. I've got over 30 chickens. But really only need about a dozen. My Wife says to just butcher it. Well, that makes since. Most of the others I would do so with out thought. But this one is one of the few that has caught my attention. She and another hen as chicks made their way into the Guineas and Peafowl side (11 Guineas and two Peafowl) and grew up there. Then since the two have always run together. (The other is not turken, but a white chick). Some of the chicken I can't even tell one from the other. But I have always enjoyed watching how these two chicks stay together. I think most here can appreciate finding favorites among their chickens.
    I hope to save her.
    By the way, My Wife does the Butchering. Of which I'm glad. I could do it. But I don't like too. She's Filipino and has no problem doing it. But I still love her and her murderess ways. LOL
     

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