Wry Neck Please Help

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by NewHobbyForMe, Dec 12, 2009.

  1. NewHobbyForMe

    NewHobbyForMe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello, I have a three month old BO with action of having Wry neck. She is turning her neck sideways. I was putting insulation up in the coop yesterday and today and I noticed she turned her neck a few times yesterday. But today she is doing it all the time now. I am giving her Poly Vi-Sol and vitamin E in some oats this morning. I have Sulmet but I'm not sure if I should give it to her. I read also to add vitamin B, which I will get tomorrow. Is there anything else I can do for her?? She is eating fine, poop unknown, water unknown. She is in the coop with her sisters. Any help is forever greatful.
     
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2009
  2. zowieyellowflame

    zowieyellowflame Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put the vit b and e on a spoon and then take little piece of bread or cooked egg to soak it up and then give her the 2 or 3 little bites that have the e and b on it. That way, you know every drop makes it into her system. I have a little pullet with wry neck, I think she has had it for 6 weeks and just this week it is starting to get better. You should see some improvement within a week though.
    Also, people suggest giving vit E that has selenium right in it. Selenium helps with absorbtion of the vit E. You can buy selenium separately and I gave that to mine in the past but I am not sure if it helped or not. Either way, I have stopped giving her the selenium but I will continue with the e and b for a couple more weeks. I am now just giving it every 2 days but you should do twice a day and continue to treat after she seems to get better.
    Another strange thing I noticed..... when I left fluorescent lights on 24 hrs a day in the coop she would not get better. I switched to regular old fashioned bulbs and put them on a timer so they would get 6 or 8 hrs of darkness each day and now she is all better. Not sure if coincidence or if she really needs a good night sleep!!
     
  3. robin416

    robin416 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The B that is most important is B12. But that is if she has a deficiency of that B vitamin. It won't hurt to give it though.

    Now all you need to know zowieyellowflame, is whether it was the lights that caused her problem or a vitamin deficiency.
     
  4. zowieyellowflame

    zowieyellowflame Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh thats right! I injected little Rye with a b12 shot!
     
  5. NewHobbyForMe

    NewHobbyForMe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello again, she is still the same. I did get some B12 and melted 1/2 of a tablet in water. I put it in some cooked oatmeal, only about a quarter of a teaspoon. She ate most of it and I put the rest in her water. She loved the watered down oatmeal. It is 2000 strength. I will give her vitamin E and Sellium in the am. She was eating the best she could out with the other chicks but they also would walk over her so I have her and another chick in the house. It is so pitiful to see her neck twist around. I hope I can see improvement soon. I do not understand why there are sooooo many sick chicks. I have done nothing but buy extra this and extra that to keep my chicks healthy. Why aren't the feed companys putting enough vitamins in the grains. Maybe I should just try putting together my own feed. Just a thought.
     
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2009
  6. robin416

    robin416 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2007
    Putting together a balanced feed is harder than you might think. Just getting the minerals and vitamins to add is a nightmare.

    Sometimes birds, especially babies, need a jump start. For some reason they don't assimilate what they are receiving efficiently. You could also be looking at a head injury, maybe.
     
  7. SunshineSilkies

    SunshineSilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 10, 2009
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    Had a silkie one time with a wry neck. Gave Polyvisol 2 times a day for a week and she got better..[​IMG]
     
  8. Farmlife4me

    Farmlife4me Out Of The Brooder

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    I know this a dumb question but what is "wry neck" and how does it happen [​IMG] ? I wanna be on the look out for my chickens if it comes up . thanks [​IMG]
     
  9. thedoors5to1

    thedoors5to1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    this may be completely unrelative, but this made me think of my experience.
    i've never heard of wry neck, but when my runner duck was holding his head constantly sideways, sometimes to the point where one eye was constantly looking down and one up... i brought him to the vet. he was diagnosed with an ear infection, the ear infection caused my duck to hold his head this way because the ear infection throws them off balance.. basic antiobiotics did the trick from the vet. amoxicillin.. dont remember for how long. good luck
     
  10. NewHobbyForMe

    NewHobbyForMe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I guess that is a thought about your duck, but this is spasms that twist her neck almost in an S shape. It actually puts her down on her side. I have to hold on to her neck and help straighten it back up for her, then all of a sudden she is able to straighten it up. I thought for sure she would die during the night, she did not eat more than two bites of food yesterday. But, this morning when I went into the bathroom where she stays she was brite eyed as could be [​IMG] I also have a Brahma chick with a broken foot, now has ammonia so I'm ordering Tylan 50 to give her. It is never ending at my house.
     

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