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Lethargic, mucus-y Roo. Not clucking or crowing. Not eating or drinking. Complete behavior change.

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Hi all. 

 

So back in August, not long after I got my first flock, some type of respiratory illness ran its course through all of my birds. I treated it successfully with Oxytetracycline HCL, giving them the prescribed dosage for 10 days. Since then, they've all been back to normal with the exception of a couple coughs or sneezes here or there. 

 

Well, over the last couple of days I have noticed that the dominant roo in my flock, Captain, a completely handsome WPR, has not at all been acting like himself. 

 

It started with his comb developing this weird white pattern in its texture about a week ago. It doesn't appear to be a fungus or anything like that--this part of his comb is actually sort of turning white. Then, over the last couple days, I've noticed that he's stopped crowing altogether (and he's usually super crow-happy with a perfect, big loud belt of sound). Now he's just incredibly lethargic. Of all 8 of my birds, he probably loves free ranging and foraging the most, but all he does lately is lay in the bedding or perch on the roost with his tail all relaxed, and with this really kind of pitiful look in his eyes, as opposed to his normal cockiness/assertiveness. He even lets me pet him and doesn't walk away when I approach him, which has never happened in the time that he's been with us. 

 

In the mornings, he's always the first bird off the roost, scratching around in the run or crowing his freaking head off, waiting for me to come open the door so he can go out to forage. This morning, however, he was the last bird off the roost and when I walked over to have a look at him, there was this long thick string of mucus coming out of his mouth and falling into his wattle. I don't know if it was mucus or vomit, or what, but it was definitely pretty disturbing and gross. Ordinarily he wouldn't let me get within a foot of him while he roosts without flying off into the run, but today he didn't budge and, again, actually let me pet him. 

 

I took a couple pictures to try to show the mucus and his mannerisms--how sort of demure/docile he's being. They aren't the greatest quality because it was still dark out this morning when I took them.

 

Hopefully, though, they can help some of you with an expert eye help me identify what might be going on with him. I haven't changed anything about their environment or feed lately, so I don't know if it's something I did, or just a sickness he's caught. Just in case it was sour crop or something like that, I added some ACV to their water this morning and intend to keep that up for the next few days, at least. He doesn't seem to have any interest in eating or drinking though, so I don't know if it's going to help him. 

 

Here you can see that string of mucus under his wattle, and also the discoloration of his comb and how it's kind of flopped over:

 

 

And here you can see how he has his tail all relaxed and how lazily he's perched. He's also not extending his neck all the way--all proudly like he usually does, and his breathing seemed kind of labored:

 

 

So what do you guys think?? Any suggestions or advice are very much appreciated. I hate to see this handsome guy so sick. 


Edited by wildmtnhoney - 9/25/15 at 7:37am

2 White Plymouth Rocks (Captain & Rosemary)

2 Barred Rocks (Lavendar & Jasmine)

2 Black Copper Marans (Sage & Basil)

1 Black Australorp (Julian)

1 Super mutt (Ricky)

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2 White Plymouth Rocks (Captain & Rosemary)

2 Barred Rocks (Lavendar & Jasmine)

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1 Black Australorp (Julian)

1 Super mutt (Ricky)

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Update:

 

I checked to see if his crop was full, and it's not, so it's not an impaction problem. He's now laying in the corner of the coop was his head resting on the ground. He can barely hold his eyes open. The rest of my flock is laying around him in the bedding, almost as if he's on his death bed and they are trying to be there for him. I have no idea what to do. There are no vets around here that take care of chickens, so that's not an option for me. Someone please help :(

2 White Plymouth Rocks (Captain & Rosemary)

2 Barred Rocks (Lavendar & Jasmine)

2 Black Copper Marans (Sage & Basil)

1 Black Australorp (Julian)

1 Super mutt (Ricky)

Reply

2 White Plymouth Rocks (Captain & Rosemary)

2 Barred Rocks (Lavendar & Jasmine)

2 Black Copper Marans (Sage & Basil)

1 Black Australorp (Julian)

1 Super mutt (Ricky)

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Update:

 

I checked to see if his crop was full, and it's not, so it's not an impaction problem. He's now laying in the corner of the coop was his head resting on the ground. He can barely hold his eyes open. The rest of my flock is laying around him in the bedding, almost as if he's on his death bed and they are trying to be there for him. I have no idea what to do. There are no vets around here that take care of chickens, so that's not an option for me. Someone please help :(

Would be best to get him in a warm room (80-85 degrees is ideal).

 

-Kathy

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Would be best to get him in a warm room (80-85 degrees is ideal).

 

-Kathy

Ok...I'll see what I can do. I don't have a space heater or anything like that, though. Do you have any idea what might be wrong with him or what may have caused this?

2 White Plymouth Rocks (Captain & Rosemary)

2 Barred Rocks (Lavendar & Jasmine)

2 Black Copper Marans (Sage & Basil)

1 Black Australorp (Julian)

1 Super mutt (Ricky)

Reply

2 White Plymouth Rocks (Captain & Rosemary)

2 Barred Rocks (Lavendar & Jasmine)

2 Black Copper Marans (Sage & Basil)

1 Black Australorp (Julian)

1 Super mutt (Ricky)

Reply
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Would be best to get him in a warm room (80-85 degrees is ideal).

 

-Kathy

Ok...I'll see what I can do. I don't have a space heater or anything like that, though. Do you have any idea what might be wrong with him or what may have caused this?

Has he ever been de-wormed? What doe his poop look like? To get him warmed up you could also try placing him on warm water bottles, but a warm room would be best.

 

-Kathy

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