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Are they ready for outside coop
by: Anonymous

My buff chicks are about 6wk old and have most of their feathers. We live in Ga. temp are in the 60's during the day so we allow the chicks to roam around outside during the day. Is it ok to permanently house the hens in their new coop?

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Sounds like wry neck or crooked neck
by: Anonymous

This sounds like the same thing my little silkie had. Her neck would almost coil and hang down to the floor.

She would only walk backwards and would sometimes flip over. She seemed even worse if excited or stressed.

From what I found online, this was probably due to an injury to her brain (probably pecking). A silkie's skull is often open and not protected.

She couldn't eat or drink on her own, so I had to hold her head up and feed her a soupy mixture of water(with vitamins and electrolytes) and her usual feed.

I also added chopped up scrambled egg. The treatment for wry neck is vitamin E and selenium. Some have recommended prednizone also but my little silky recovered with just the vitamine E and selenium.

Search online for wry neck and you will see more detailed treatment information. This is not a quick recovery.

Sometimes it takes weeks. I started seeing a little improvement on day 3 and by day 6 she was holding her head up and eating on her own. I still keep her food wet because she still has trouble drinking water.

I think she's just not yet improved enough to tilt her head back. This is week two and I'm cutting back on the vitamin E and selenium to once a day.

It's better if you can find the Vitamin E with selenium gel caps. If you have to give selenium separately, use very little, too much can be toxic.

Just as a precaution, on about the 4th day, I started giving her some Polyvisol without iron, an antibiotic, and probiotics. Again, more specific instructions can be found online. I hope this helps.

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hot, cold, hot, cold...
by: Anonymous

I read about 10 questions directly related to my chicks symptoms, and every answer is the chick is too cold or too hot.. if you have 6-12 chicks and only one is showing sickly symptoms, it's not just the temperature!! horrible advice. but good questions are being asked.. hopefully one of these answers will make sense.

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