Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A brief word about wry neck.

I don't want to go too in depth right now about wry neck because sometimes I just don't have the words ready....but we recently had an issue of wry neck rear it's ugly little head in our Silkie coop. It seems that Silkies tend to get wry neck more then other breeds and over the years there has been an isolated instance of it here and there. Unfortunately we started getting wry neck chicks hatch and amid my panic to figure out what's going on I focused on this little girl.




She was hatched last year from a reputable breeder (who shall remain unnamed)  to add to our breeding stock. At about 3 weeks old she developed wry neck. I got her through it with vitamin E and selenium three times daily and neck massages. I bought the capsules from GNC and pierced them open, squeezing a few drops on her beak each time. She quit getting worse as soon as I started treatment. It probably took about a week to tell she was getting better though. Another 2 weeks and you could barely tell at all. Success! Or so I thought. Actually as far as she is concerned, she's all better and has had no problems since. It's the genetic issue that was rearing it's ugly little head. Chicks started hatching that looked like this:

silkie crook neck


That's not good! The first one I just accepted as a sometimes silkie thing. The next one clicked the light bulb on in my head. Genetics! Sure enough once I moved that hen to the grow out pen and ran through the current incubation cycle, the wry neck chicks stopped. Problem solved. Finally. 

Now she resides in the grow out pen with the teenager silkies. She's looking for a 'laying hen' home with full disclosure of her ailments. She's fluffed out a bit since that first picture was taken of her as a pullet. She's a pretty girl, a sweetheart and might even be able to be shown....but never used as a breeder! Lesson learned!

~L

 Shared at: Tillys nest   

4 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for linking up! You were our featured blogger this week! Congrats~Melissa

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much! Heading over there now!

      ~L

      Delete
  2. Oh I had no idea that this condition existed. Nice of you to retire her from the breeding stock but did you manage to help her offspring overcome their wry necks?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. One of her babies responded well to treatment but unfortunately the other one didn't. We haven't had any more chicks hatch with wry neck since though.

      ~L

      Delete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...