Young Polish has neck thrown back!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by GracefulBantams, Jul 20, 2010.

  1. GracefulBantams

    GracefulBantams Hatching and Showing

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    I have a Polish that is a few months old. I just went out to check on their water, and one is sitting down and shaking his head with his neck held all the way back (almost laying on his back).
    What in the world is wrong!?
    It's very hot here - temp 100*, heat index 110* +.
    Also this one has been picked on some previously, and has missing head feathers, if this could possibly be from an injury??
     
  2. OhMyItsAndyy

    OhMyItsAndyy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Go check the chick out? See if it can hold it's head up, or is it literally incapable?
     
  3. GracefulBantams

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    "I" can bend it's head forward to the normal position (I did this to give it a drink), but it cannot hold it's head in that normal position.... it just goes all the way back and sometimes shakes its head [​IMG]
     
  4. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

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    wonder if its like wryneck? try supplimenting with polyvisol and vit e twice a day- can't hurt, and isolate her for safety...
     
  5. GracefulBantams

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    Wow! It must be wry neck; I just looked it up:

    Wry Neck
    Problem: Neck bent backwards, or backwards and twisted and turn repeatedly in circles trying to gain balance.

    Cause: Possibly genetic, or result of brain damage/infection, or bad feed.

    Solution: If it is bad feed, feed from a syringe because they can't eat or drink. After a week of water, vitamins and food through syringe they may show signs of recovery.

    If they have not started to recover, then it may be genetic or brain damage and the kindest outcome would be to put the chicken down as it will get worse until the chicken has a painful death.

    I think we are going to have to put it down, though. It's neck is twisted all the way around so it's head is on the ground, but twisted. [​IMG]
     

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