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What is wrong with my cockerel

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kimberlina Fri 24-Jun-11 13:26:15

He is doing the strangest head movements. Basically when he is on his perch, he hangs his head down low and then lolls it from side to side. If I push him off the perch then he'll leave the house and have a wander around. He is eating but not as much as before.

We had a fox attack a few weeks previously and he had a bite wound and lost a spur and some tail feathers but I don't honestly think this is related.

It looks neurological to me.

He is an araucana, about 3 years old.

Any ideas?

The other 4 hens are fine although I did have a sudden death the other day from a 3 year old hen had been laying shell-less eggs. No neuro signs from her so not sure if that could be the same thing

mummymeister Sat 25-Jun-11 10:42:52

How old is he? The hen sounds like she may have been egg bound but as out of 5 you have had 1 die and 1 that isnt well i would consult your vet in case they have an infection that gets passed between them.

MissBeehiving Tue 28-Jun-11 16:35:01

I wonder if it might be crook neck which can either be a vitamin deficiency or neurological. Might also be botulism.

Silkies (which I keep) are prone to crook neck and I'm treating one at the moment as per this. You can ask the vet for the anti inflammatory/ABs. It might be worth a go. All the vits you can get from Boots

nickelbabe Tue 28-Jun-11 16:37:55

i would definitely take that to the vet.

ChickensHaveNoEyebrows Tue 28-Jun-11 16:42:52

A trip to the vet would be a good idea, I think. It could be an ear infection, a vitamin deficiency or something more serious.

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