Wry Neck is a condition in waterfowl characterized by a duckling or gosling being unable to hold its head up on its own with an unnatural twisting of the neck. It is many times described as a sideways “S” bend to the neck. The duck may appear to have a curled, backwards neck, and the problem can progress to the point where the duckling will stumble, tumble over, and be unable to walk. It may even result in the duckling not being able to eat or drink so it is important to treat this condition as soon as possible.
Usually, Wry Neck is caused by one of these conditions: A vitamin deficiency, issues during incubation, trauma, or toxins such as lead or other metals in the environment.
The good news is that if Wry Neck is a result of a vitamin deficiency, the condition can be turned around. A lack of Vitamin E specifically can cause Wry Neck. Selenium helps boost the effectiveness of Vitamin E so it is important to have Selenium to your duck’s diet as well. A Vitamin B1 Deficiency can also lead to Wry Neck.
The best way to ensure that your waterfowl aren’t missing vitamins in their diet is to add a balanced vitamin pack to their daily water. Our Poultry Pak can do the trick. It contains all the essential vitamins necessary to grow strong healthy birds. It also contains large amounts of electrolytes and trace minerals.