March 6, 2011 at 5:52 pm #254620
I have a about 15 week old bantam araucana who has been twisting her neck around to the side. I’ve narrowed the causes down to being trampled by my clumsy standard australorp (one of the araucanas was, not sure which but she was also walking with a limp), Mareks disease (don’t know where they could have caught it, they were hatched onsite) or a vitamin deficiency.
Since the first two are not really treatable as far as I know, I’m trying to treat a vitamin deficiency with human vitamin B and selenium (just happen to have some on hand). Does anyone know the dosage for chooks? One post (not ALS) I googled also suggested aspirin in case it was a brain injury, so I’m adding that as well.
I don’t know how often to give her water as well (her neck is so twisted now (worse than before) that I don’t think she can drink for herself.
Can anyone help me?March 6, 2011 at 6:46 pm #492203
I have had this happen before. I am not sure what causes it exactly, some say that the temp in the incubator was to high or too low.. some say vitamin deficiency.. it is commonly called stargazing and does un-fortuantely get worse. I put such affected chicks down.
I hope someone else may have some better info for you!March 6, 2011 at 11:29 pm #492204
I have had this happen once with a chick that was 6 weeks old, she had whats called wry neck. Treatment was Vit B complex with vit E and cortisone. You can get the cortisone in tablet or liquid form from the vets.
Sadly it still didn’t help and after 10 days I had to put her down.March 7, 2011 at 10:10 am #492205
Thanks for that – I would have put the chick down but my kids pleaded “Can’t you do something?” so I looked up what I could do. The chick is pretty bad now, but I can’t really face putting it down – strange since I can kill chooks for meat.
I’m feeding her vitamins in water every few hours and a paste of pellets with milk so I’ll see what does that. 🙁
The chick was hatched under a broody so it wasn’t incubator temperatures this time Humbug – hopefully this will add to knowledge of chook medicine!March 7, 2011 at 4:27 pm #492206
FeyWind post=306578 wrote:
The chick was hatched under a broody so it wasn’t incubator temperatures this time Humbug – hopefully this will add to knowledge of chook medicine!
Yeah thats interesting!
Also something to consider is the diet of the parent birds when wanting a healthy brood of chicks.. the protein intake of the mumma and pappa birds should be increased. I guess if they are lacking too much in certain vitamins and minerals, it stands to reason that some of their offspring will also.March 7, 2011 at 11:15 pm #492207
We had this very thing happen to a show quality chicken that my daughter had bred. We took it to the vet (can you believe it??) and it ended up being an ear infection, apparently happens quite often even tho we have NEVER heard of it before. The vet can give and injection or something but we left ours (not spending that much on a chook) and it lived a good life, still managed to eat etc, it was a boy so we left it separate from the other roosters and with some passive hens and called him Twisty.
Hope this helps.March 8, 2011 at 1:23 am #492208
we had it happen with one of our girls (2 years old or so). no idea why it happened, I think perhaps she ran into something solid. She could turn her head around to eat or drink, but only for as long as it took to get the food/liquid. She was healthy otherwise, even laying eggs. But her head was always wet and being part silky, not a good thing. After about three weeks, we took her to the vets and he gave her the injection while I held her. She slowly stopped breathing and we said goodbye 🙁March 8, 2011 at 10:41 pm #492209
As expected, the chook didn’t make it through last night. 🙁
Hopefully the other three don’t come down with it, but they look fine so far.March 9, 2011 at 6:01 pm #492210
Crush up some B vit into their water and add some Vit E to their food that should prevent it. I do that from week 4 to week 6/8 depending on the time of year.
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