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Wry neck?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by OhioTanya, Jan 2, 2015.

  1. OhioTanya

    OhioTanya Out Of The Brooder

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    My chicken started flopping her head around and she's uncoordinated. She stumbles backwards. She runs into things. She hasn't eaten in a long time. I have been giving her water with electrolytes in it with a syringe.
    She just wants to sleep all the time.
    I was reading about all the diseases and now I think it might be wry neck.
    I took a video of it but I don't know how to upload it (if it's even possible) I could probably upload it to YouTube and then post the link.

    Does anyone else have a video of a good example of wry neck?
     
  2. jgoldy2

    jgoldy2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dont have a video, but will you post a picture, I cant know without a picture.
     
  3. OhioTanya

    OhioTanya Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm trying to upload the video to YouTube
     
  4. OhioTanya

    OhioTanya Out Of The Brooder

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    Watch at the end of the video how she swings her neck around.
     
  5. Suzie

    Suzie Overrun With Chickens

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    You should start giving her/him Vitamin B and Vitamin E as soon as possible....check out what foods have both and give the chick some...eggs, tuna fish...so many foods are rich in Vitamins...

    Good luck!

    Wry neck symptoms take quite some time to show positive results...Vitamins are your best defence.....
     
  6. OhioTanya

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    I just bought vitamin E, B complex, and Selenium that I read in another post on here to treat her with.

    Did u watch the video, Suzie? Do u think that's what she has?
     
  7. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    It really looks like wry neck in the video. Wry neck is a symptom of a neurological problem affecting the brain. It can be a symptom of Mareks disease, and from a head injury, or other infectious diseases causing brain inflammation. It can be from a vitamin deficiency, more so in chicks, but also if the feed is lacking vitamins or the vitamins have become rancid. With the symptoms from your other thread, I would really suspect Mareks, but I would try to treat her first with the vitamins.
     
  8. OhioTanya

    OhioTanya Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for ur input. I have 7 other chickens and none of them have shown symptoms. She has been sick for over a week.
     
  9. OhioTanya

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    Got a good pic of her today
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  10. jgoldy2

    jgoldy2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Blyth the picture and video make it obvious that she has rye neck, like eggsesive said rye neck could meen a lot of things, give her a bit of molasses each day, and make sure she stays hydrated. Keep us posted.
     

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