Wry Neck? Hypothermia?

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  1. bensamjo

    bensamjo Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a black tailed Japanese Bantam roo that has fallen ill for some reason. I read once that they are a cold-hardy breed but apparently they're not as cold hardy as I thought because after the below freezing temps we had 2 days in a row this week, I noticed he was limping Tuesday morning. I brought him inside to warm him but he has gone down hill rather quickly. He has held on for the last 2 days but seems to be on death's door. I don't know what else to do for him, short of "culling"... not my thing. I have him under a 75w light. I have to give him water w/ a medicine dropper bc he can't drink on his own. I have given him electrolytes and karo/water every hour today per vet instructions. He can move his wings and legs (but rarely does), opens his eyes sometimes in response to noise, but his neck will twist around nearly upside down (to the left). If I lay him on his left side, his neck will remain straight. Placing him on his right side, his neck will curl around upside down. I haven't tried poly-visol yet but hope to get to the store tomorrow for some sort of chicken vitamin/booster/something. Any ideas what may have happened to him? The two hens with him are fine but he's a bit smaller than them. They are all said to be about 3-4 years old, according to the guy I bought them from. Oh, and his poop is watery and sometimes has stringy green poo in it. If vitamins don't help (or any suggestions you all might can offer), I may end up having to pay a vet bill for them to just tell me there's nothing they can do for him. I hate to see him suffer but if there's something I can do to help, I want to at least try it. Any help, short of telling me to take him to a vet, will be appreciated!! Honestly, I didn't think he'd make it this long so I may actually end up at a vet tomorrow afternoon/Saturday but hope there's a "home remedy" I can try first! Thanks for your help!
     
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    I'm not sure what would be wrong with him. If your desperate for him to live, I would recommend to bring him to a veterinarian. Hope he gets well soon!
     
  3. ChicknsRock

    ChicknsRock Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! x2 on BantamFan4Life's advice.
     
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hi there, [​IMG] and welcome to BYC!

    Vitamins, especially vitamin B and selenium will help out greatly if it is wry neck. You might post this question in the emergency section here of BYC. If you have an avian vet nearby or a country vet, you might take the bird in tomorrow for a full exam.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/10/emergencies-diseases-injuries-and-cures

    Good luck with your bird. :)
     
  5. bensamjo

    bensamjo Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks! i hate to see any of my birds die but this little roo has a special crow...too adorably cute to lose i guess.
     
  6. bensamjo

    bensamjo Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks...i don't know of any true avian vets locally but a couple that will see me from time to time with chicken questions...i will try the vitamins and see what i get. thanks again for ya'll help. :)
     
  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    I doubt this has anything to do with being cold. The cold may have aggravated the issue. I hope you get this solved soon. :)
     
  8. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! Good luck to you.
     
  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    X 2 welcome to BYC. Good luck with your rooster.
     

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