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 Post subject: Sick Silkie Chick
PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:39 pm 
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Silkie Chick 3.5-4 weeks old, unknown sex, living with 5 other chicks same age. Fed commercial, medicated chick ration since hatching.
This morning I noticed the Chick was wobbly on its feet, it is staggering, lost balance. It falls to the side even when sitting and has a head bobbing movement. It has a slight shakeyness too. It is the largest of the chicks, and usually is running about happily. It has normal poo, is eating and looks bright eyed.
Any suggestions as to what it could be?
I tried to add a twenty second video but it was too large to post.
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 Post subject: Re: Sick Silkie Chick
PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:29 pm 
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Silkies are prone to neurological problems due to their vaulted skulls.Sometimes an injury causes a temporary effect but the outcome is generally not good. About the only home treatment that you can try is vitamin E and selenium - best dosed in an Avian multi vitamin (pet shop or produce) and isolation to give it a chance to hopefully recover - please don't expect miracles. If it doesn't show improvement within a couple of days, you may need to euthanize it.


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 Post subject: Re: Sick Silkie Chick
PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:26 pm 
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Thanks Sue, I've isolated it and feeding the rickets feed recipe, it's very happy to eat! Will give it a few more days, if no improvement will euthanise as suggested.
I can't imagine it would have had any injuries except from the other chicks it lives with as it is the biggest. Although there is one Chick that fights/confronts the other Chicks all the time. I'm assuming it is the boss!


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 Post subject: Re: Sick Silkie Chick
PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:00 pm 
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Did a bit of research and it seems that Silkies have holes in their skulls, so are very prone to brain injury. I'm thinking this chick has had a fight with the bossy chick and hurt its head. It's worse today, I think the kindest thing to do would be to euthanise. Thanks for your reply Sue55.


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 Post subject: Re: Sick Silkie Chick
PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:37 pm 
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It's a hard call but sometimes it is the kindest option.


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