Wry neck in hatchling...


In the Brooder
Apr 3, 2017
Sorry, I have already posted this in the chickes section, but thought that I may get advice in this section!

I had a mixed bag of eggs hatch at the weekend, some marans, and some others, that are bantams, but not sure of the breed, as MOH got the egs for me as a surprise, and thought that I would be able to ID once hatched!
Anyway, one of these bantams has hatched out with what I believe is called wry neck. I have never had this before in any of my other hatches, and am a little stumped! Its head looked as though it was on backwards, facing towards its back end, and could only walk backwards, as thats the only way it could see.
I have been giving vitamin E supplement since saturday, and yesterday, it was running around perfectly fine, looking like the others in their pen.
Today, it seems to be stargazing, so I have gone 1 step forward, and two steps back... feeling elated yesterday, as it seemed to be better, and then today, feeling flat!
It seems to be walking around and eating and drinking fine, with its head in the correct position, but then when it settles it throws its head right back between its shoulders.
Any advice, should I just continue with the supplement and keep my fingers crossed?


Free Ranging
7 Years
Feb 12, 2015
North Florida
Sounds like stargazing, which is caused by a thiamine (B-1) deficiency.
Vitamin deficiencies can begin in the egg, before hatch, and can be caused by old feed in which the vitamins have degraded, so check the dates on your feed to be safe.

Here are a couple more links on vitamin deficiencies: https://www.tillysnest.com/2014/03/vitamin-deficiencies-in-backyard-chicks-html/

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