UDATE ON SILKIE.Help please.....my silkie is waving her head

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UDATE ON SILKIE.Help please.....my silkie is waving her head

Postby kiwilass » Sun Jan 31, 2016 5:47 pm

from side to side,and is falling over.She has just started doing this today...
We have had really hot days lately,in Kaitaia,it reaches 28-29c approx,and I wondered if that was
it.When I pick her up and talk to her she responds but about 1/2 hr later she is moving her head around
again and is bad again.
Any ideas please.she is approx 4 years old....
:cry:

******My silkie is still with us this morning.Put her in a small cage last night.
Is walking around 90% better,still shakes the head around a bit.
Is still talking to me alright.
She just fell over so I have put her in the cage again for awhile.
It looks a bit like she has had a stroke and has not got all her faculties
anymore. ANY IDEAS?
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Re: Help please.....my silkie is waving her head

Postby tishie11 » Sun Jan 31, 2016 6:17 pm

Try giving her some vitamins in water. I do this with stargazer chicks which have a vitamin deficiency and it usually works. No guarantees but it might work.
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Re: UDATE ON SILKIE.Help please.....my silkie is waving her

Postby kiwilass » Mon Feb 01, 2016 11:55 am

What vitamins???
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Postby sewren » Mon Feb 01, 2016 1:04 pm

There is a product call Ornithon which is a vitamin supplement for birds - I would try and get my hands on some if I were you. Good luck!
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Re: UDATE ON SILKIE.Help please.....my silkie is waving her

Postby kiwilass » Mon Feb 01, 2016 2:28 pm

Thanks for that.
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Re: UDATE ON SILKIE.Help please.....my silkie is waving her

Postby tishie11 » Mon Feb 01, 2016 3:03 pm

I just use normal multivitamins - open a capsule and mix with water. Stargazers heads go up and around and back and they fall over backwards. The last one I treated only took a day or two to come right and is normal now. Would be great if this worked for your girl.
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Re: UDATE ON SILKIE.Help please.....my silkie is waving her

Postby Marina » Mon Feb 01, 2016 3:05 pm

There are several multivitamin products around and they all should do the trick. If you can't get a poultry-specific product you could try Berocca in their drinking water or Marmite/Vegemite on toast.
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Re: UDATE ON SILKIE.Help please.....my silkie is waving her

Postby Kracka » Tue Feb 02, 2016 9:21 am

I had a Silver Birchen Pekin start exhibiting what I thought was Mareks, but it didn't quite fit the bill

head waving side to side, almost like a twitch
which progressed onto her being unstable walking, tripping over

in the end I had her autopsied, as I wanted to know what it was

it was identified as a worm - this is what Neil told me:


Davainea proglottina is harder to treat than other tapeworms – response to benzimedazoles (white drenches) is not that good, but may be adequate.
The worm is about 0.2mm long, head top - so you're unlikely to be able to see it in the droppings

You may have a white drench on hand that you can try.

Levamisole (aviverm) and ivomec have no effect on tapeworms

Praziquantel is the drug of choice



Intermediate host is a slug

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this summer has been wetter than usual here - so we've got lush green grass, which is perfect for the slugs to hide in - so remove her from any grass, I'd suggest mowing the lawns, if you can, move the other birds away from that area - maybe even a dusting of lime over the lawn might disrupt the slugs

I used a double dose of Flubenol to try & clear the worms in the others system
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Re: UDATE ON SILKIE.Help please.....my silkie is waving her

Postby kiwilass » Tue Feb 02, 2016 8:01 pm

Thank you for that last 2 messages....

She has been not too bad today,Tuesday,but now she is sitting on the couch,yes she is spoiled,and is closing her
eyes and seems to go into a trance waving her head around a bit.when I call her she stops.....has eaten alright today.
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