Is this hen suffering from epilepsy?
QMy top ranking hen recently had some odd behaviour – flapping around and twisting her neck and shaking a lot. I took video footage of it, and took her and footage to the vet. He diagnosed bacterial meningitis and put her on a course of antibiotics. For 10 days I had to feed her and syringe water into her as she was not eating and still very confused. Then she started acting like a normal-ish chicken and was able to feed and drink on her own and wandered round the garden with the other hens. She is still having fits in the evenings but recovers quite quickly. Do chickens suffer from epilepsy?
AVictoria says: Any animal can suffer from epilepsy but it can be very difficult to define the cause. Something toxic could have caused some brain damage, for instance. If she is still having fits but acting normally in-between, then you may just want to live with it. The severity of the fits may have raised the temperature of her brain high enough to damage certain parts of it, however, in which case, it would be kinder to have her put to sleep.