Wobbly chicken

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Jkrodgers17, Oct 27, 2016.

  1. Jkrodgers17

    Jkrodgers17 New Egg

    Aug 7, 2014
    I have a very sweet speckled Sussex gen that has recently started being very wobbly and sleeps a lot carries her wings lower than normal. She eats drinks and preens like normal. But it seems she has trouble getting her siight lined up to first drink or eat And she does carry her head at times to one side almost like it hurts her. Her poo was runny at first but is normal after being on antibiotics for a day or so. She was pecked about the head a few weeks ago and lost some feathers on her head which are now starting to gone back. Her waddles are paler than the rest of the flock. I am wondering if this is neorological and if anything can help. She is really a sweethearts
  2. boskelli1571

    boskelli1571 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 7, 2011
    Finger Lakes, NY
    First off - have you got her isolated? I'm not sure what ails her, but if it's contagious you don't want other birds to get it. Look under the wry neck threads to see if it fits what's happening to your hen.
    Wish I could be more helpful, I do know that vitamin deficiency can cause neurological problems, add vitamin powder to the water and give her some brewers yeast too.
    Keep us posted....
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
  4. Jkrodgers17

    Jkrodgers17 New Egg

    Aug 7, 2014
    Yes I have her isolated. She seems a little better than yesterday but something is still off. She did have a little bit of stuff in her nostrils but it's dried and no runny discharge. Checking her for mites and ear problems but so far nothing stands out. Thanks for you input really appreciate it. Going to try some vitamins and continue the antibiotics for a few more days.
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    A blow to the head can cause neurological symptoms but, she may have something going on beyond that. I would post on the ER thread is fullest detail, even things that may not seem to be important. Photos showing her head carriage also could help at arriving at a diagnosis
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  6. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hello there, and welcome to Backyard chickens! I have five speckled Sussex and I looove them! I hope yours gets to feeling better!
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  7. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice and links already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
  8. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

    Definitely post a full write up of your issues in the ER forum; but, from your descriptions my first thought is head injury and possibly blindness. Try waving a hand very quickly toward each of her eyes, as if you were going to strike her, but stopping just short of actually touching her. Does she react? Flinch away? A bird with good sight will recoil immediately, whereas a bird who is partially or completely blind will have slow or no reaction.
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  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
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