Wry neck in chicks, how to manage and prevent it


This happens to all of us at the end of the day, an ideal little chick you’ve been waiting for hatches, and it doesn’t seem to be well managed. Then you note that she looks like she’s looking at the stars, so she can’t eat or drink. Wry neck is not rare for new chicks. It’s alarming when you first see it, but it’s not hard to handle if it’s caught in time.

What’s the wry neck?

Often known as a twisted neck, or crookneck, and stargazing neck, the medical term for wry neck is torticollis. The signs that this is happening are that your bird, or less often your adult chicken, has trouble standing, and her neck appears to be bent so that she’s looking back or towards the sky.

She’s not going to be able to eat or drink properly, so the sight can be incredibly distressing, particularly when you’re seeing her for the first time.

Who causes wry neck to happen?

You will note that people split into three groups on this: one group believes that it is a simple vitamin deficiency, the other that it is a genetic deficiency, and the third that it is a disease affecting Silkie and Polish (UK Poland) chickens due to their susceptibility to head injury. The best study knowledge is that it seems to be a deficiency of vitamin ‘E’ and mineral element ‘selenium.’

In a chick, this is likely to be caused by the deficiency of the parent birds in certain elements; in an adult chicken, its own diet will need to be checked. In any case, the treatment is the same.

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How to deal with a wry neck: five quick measures.

  • Remove the chicken from the pot.

Wry’s neck is getting worse because the chick is upset and other flock members are likely to get worse without wanting to, for example, to stand accidentally on it. If necessary, keep the chick in sight and the sound of the flock

  • You may need a supplement containing vitamin ‘E’ and, if possible, selenium.

Vitamin E is the key cure; selenium allows the chicken to digest it. When you can’t find the two in one capsule (or in powder form) together, look for them separately.

  • If it comes to how to get Vitamin E,’ it’s always a good idea to have a good quality chicken vitamin supplement available.

If you don’t and can’t get hold of one fast, buy some human Vitamin ‘E’ capsules and squirt out the contents of one to blend with the feed.

If the supplement does not contain selenium, take one 25 microgram selenium tablet (or half a 50mcg tablet) and smash it with the vitamin in the feed.

  • Giving it to the chick two or three times a day.

The chick will have to be helped to feed and drink, as his head will not be turned in the right direction. It can be achieved either by covering it in a towel and keeping its head close to food and drink, or by using a spoon.

  • Improvement may occur as soon as 24 hours after the first dose,

Improvement can also take several days to get better and it can appear to get worse before it gets better. It can take as much as a month before the disease disappears. Don’t give it up. Also if there is progress, don’t quit providing the supplements because the disease is going to return.

  • Keep working for about two weeks after the situation has changed.

Should not continue to feed Vitamin ‘E’ supplements after that, although-in continued doses it may cause internal harm.

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How to stop a wry neck.

When you’re struggling with this in a chick, the likelihood is that the parent birds were deficient in vitamin ‘E’ and selenium The best way to ensure your chicken does not have the same fate is to make absolutely sure that their diet includes a reasonable source of vitamins that are naturally fed.

High-quality bird, grower and layer food will provide all the vitamins and minerals that your flock requires, but nourishing them with additional foods rich in these vitamins will ensure that they remain safe.

It’s especially relevant if you’re going to use your own chickens and roosters as parents.

So, what foods are rich in ‘E’ vitamins? Sunflower seeds are an incredibly high source, and they also contain Selenium as a bonus. Another bonus-the chickens love it.

Many healthy sources include lettuce, broccoli, olive oil, and oily fish. Avocado flesh is also rich in Vitamin ‘E’ but should be consumed sparingly, and on no account should chickens be given exposure to the skin or pit-they are toxic to poultry.

Try to send your flock some tuna, the highest source of any food, for selenium. Tinned is good, just make sure it is preserved in water or oil and not in brine. Again, as in anything else, feed in moderation.

Where to buy Chickens in Akwa Ibom State

Since chicken is the only meat that has no negative health conditions, you can always use it to prepare any local and continental dishes of your choice. In Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria, you can buy chickens from sofreshchikens.com at the following locations;

  • Uyo, The Akwa Ibom State capital:

    Number 215 Udo Umana Street opposite Akpan Andem Market, Uyo

  • Oron, Akwa Ibom State:

    Number 27 Market Square by Aba Street, Oron, Akwa Ibom State

  • Eket, Akwa Ibom State:

3 park road, opposite Chinese market, Eket.




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