Wry neck? What's wrong?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by DressageRider, Apr 21, 2017.

  1. DressageRider

    DressageRider Just Hatched

    Apr 21, 2017
    We just got our chicks about 6 weeks ago and are new to this! We haven't had any problems until this morning. When I went to open them up I found one laying with its head almost under its chest. I brought it out and it still wouldn't pick its head up. It kind of shakes its head and pecks at its chest. It has lifted its head up straightish but goes right back down. I've been reading about wry neck but not sure if that's what it is. Any help, stories of success or not appreciated. [​IMG]
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Welcome to BYC and sorry about your chick. Wry neck (crook neck, torticolis) is a symptom that can be from vitamin deficiency, head injury, and hereditary. In order chickens, it can be a sign of brain inflammation in certain diseases. Most people give chick vitamins containing, thiamine, vitamin E, and selenium which is found in egg and other foods. Make sure is getting enough water and food, and separate her if she is being trampled. It can take days or weeks to improve, but sometimes it may never go away. Mix some watery chick feed, some water, and a little raw egg, and try to get it to eat. The electrolyte water can be added.
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2017

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