Help please - My frizzle has a wobbly head

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Help please - My frizzle has a wobbly head

Postby danimacu » Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:08 pm

Hi was wondering if anyone had any advice regarding my poor wee Frizzle. She's an elderly lady now and basically a pet and I am very worried about her. Her head has been wobbly for a few days; when I caught her she had a feather stuck to her left eye which I removed and cleaned. But despite being isolated, and continuing to eat and drink ok her head is wobbly.
I took a video today 11/09/18 which you can see here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WCkkXz ... sp=sharing

Will be taking her to the vet as soon as I can get an appointment but I'd love to know what everyone thinks and if I can treat her at home with anything to make her more comfortable.
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Re: Help please - My frizzle has a wobbly head

Postby Marina » Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:39 pm

It actually does not look serious to me, especially knowing that she still eats and drinks ok.

She looks a bit like she wants to scratch the side of her head but that's all I can see from the video.

The only thing I can think of is maybe a parasite that gives her an itch? A good dusting with DE (Diotomaceous Earth) or dog flea powder (from The Warehouse) won't hurt her and it might deal to a possible flea or mite.

Please don't laugh but another possibility is that she had a stroke and lost partial control over her head movements. If that's the case there is little that can be done apart from waiting whether it gets better by itself. Like people, chooks do develop various ailments as they get older.

You have got her in isolation but I don't think it's something contagious so unless she gets bullied by others she might as well do what chickens do for as long as she can. Feeding her well and keeping her safe is the best you can do for her I reckon.
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