she’s fairly young we think, we got her and a few others in the spring when they were kind of young. She keeps her head like that or upside down and grinds it against her back. I’ve gotten her to eat a little applesauce and a bit of water, but that’s itHow old is the chicken? Pictures can be helpful. Wry neck is a neurological symptom, and can be common after a head or neck injury, a vitamin E or B1 thiamine deficiency, and is sometimes seen in diseases that affect the brain, including Mareks disease.
Vitamin E 400 IU and a 1/2 crushed vitamin B complex can be given once a day. A few bits of scrambled egg are good to give some selenium. Other symptoms with wry neck can include walking backwards or in circles, or flipping over. Depending on how serious it is, she may need to be hand fed several times a day and separated from other chickens if she is being picked on.
god I hope it isn’t that. I’m going to probably isolate her tonight anyway so she doesn’t get stepped on and such. If she/they do have it, what steps should I take to ensure their coop would be free from it so I could get new chicks come spring?My vote is unfortunately Mareks. I hope im wrong and its just a guess. Was she vaccinated to rule MD out? Try vitamin supplements if you choose but be patient as it can take awhile to correct wry neck.
Odds are against you though. If it is MD, euthanize if she cant feed and drink on her own or move around.
Good news is the meat is perfectly edible. Bad news is MD is highly contagious. So if one bird has it they all do. Some birds become symptomatic and some live long lives with no sign. But the virus is in the birds dander and can hang around for years after your birds are gone.
she seems to have trouble with her balance. Thank you for the feeding adviceIs she able to stand and walk normally, and is she having any trouble with her balance? Mixing some chicken feed with a lot of water, and bits of cooked egg in a small bowl can be good to feed. Some chickens may need to be held and wrapped in a towel to feed. Here is a video:
Clean and disinfect it THOROUGHLY. all nooks and crannies. Anywhere dust can be. But in reality, you are not likely to achieve complete sterilization and all new incoming birds will need to be vaccinated.god I hope it isn’t that. I’m going to probably isolate her tonight anyway so she doesn’t get stepped on and such. If she/they do have it, what steps should I take to ensure their coop would be free from it so I could get new chicks come spring?