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Roy the Rooster is sick again. Need more help!

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Hi All, I have a BO rooster that is 5 years old. We have been dealing with a condition of his

for quite a while now. He seems to get better for a while then relapse again.

 

Well this last relapse has been pretty bad. He cannot stand well, very tired, does not eat or drink much

and now has a foaming at his beak. I have no idea what to do.

 

He has been isolated from his girls for a while now, I give him electrolytes in his water, keep his pen clean, and offer

fresh food and water daily. I just don't get it. It seems like he went down several months ago, has good weeks and bad

weeks. 

 

I do not have an avian vet around here, and my cat/dog vet does not see chickens, so I am on my own.

 

Anymore ideas? Should I try a different antibiotic? I have been giving Sulmet combined with electrolytes. He is

now at the point that he does not show much interest in eating or drinking. 

 

Recently I have been giving him some Rooster Booster B-12 + K by a syringe. That does not seem to help either.

 

I just don't know what to do anymore. If I should just let him go, let me know that too. I want to try to save him, but if

that is not possible, then I can accept that. 

 

Current condition:

No lice

No mites

Wormed with Safeguard

No leg mites

No sneezing, or nasal discharge

Poo is normal, not runny 

Comb is red and perky

Still casts a curious eye to the world

Breathing is normal, no raspiness or wheezing

 

He is just weak, loosing weight, and not able to stand long or walk more than a few

steps. Any help would be greatly appreciated. 

 

Thanks


Edited by Roy Rooster - 1/28/16 at 2:43pm

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post #2 of 7

Gosh it is hard to tell... He could be dealing with Mereks disease...(not sure of spelling)  Im not positive though and am hoping this bumps the thread up to someone that might have some help for you. Best of luck to you.

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post #3 of 7

Just my guess, I think that's a done bird.

5 years was a pretty good run.

Well it's, alright now,

I learned my lesson well. See ya,

can't please everyone, so ya,

gotta please yourself.

 

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Well it's, alright now,

I learned my lesson well. See ya,

can't please everyone, so ya,

gotta please yourself.

 

The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment. ~Warren Bennis~
 

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post #4 of 7

If he's relapsed in spite of the antibiotics, he's got a terminal illness. When their appetite drops off and they lose weight, it's a sign of the end.

 

You say he has a perky red comb. How red? Is it cherry red? It should be a dark red, not bright cherry red. Cherry red combs and wattles signify fever.

 

There's a virus related to Marek's called lymphotic leucosis. Most chickens have a resistance to it, but when it strikes, it can be devastating. It causes tumors to grow on the organs, and depending on what organs are affected, he could be dying from heart failure, liver failure, etc, and no amount of antibiotics will help. There is no cure, no treatment.

 

You will know when he's no longer getting anything out of life. Then it will be time to euthanize him. I suggest you immediately refrigerate his body and find a place to send it for a necropsy. It's not real expensive, and it will tell you exactly what he was sick with and how it might affect the rest of your flock.

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Well it's, alright now,

I learned my lesson well. See ya,

can't please everyone, so ya,

gotta please yourself.

 

The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment. ~Warren Bennis~
 

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Well it's, alright now,

I learned my lesson well. See ya,

can't please everyone, so ya,

gotta please yourself.

 

The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment. ~Warren Bennis~
 

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If he's relapsed in spite of the antibiotics, he's got a terminal illness. When their appetite drops off and they lose weight, it's a sign of the end.

 

You say he has a perky red comb. How red? Is it cherry red? It should be a dark red, not bright cherry red. Cherry red combs and wattles signify fever.

 

There's a virus related to Marek's called lymphotic leucosis. Most chickens have a resistance to it, but when it strikes, it can be devastating. It causes tumors to grow on the organs, and depending on what organs are affected, he could be dying from heart failure, liver failure, etc, and no amount of antibiotics will help. There is no cure, no treatment.

 

You will know when he's no longer getting anything out of life. Then it will be time to euthanize him. I suggest you immediately refrigerate his body and find a place to send it for a necropsy. It's not real expensive, and it will tell you exactly what he was sick with and how it might affect the rest of your flock.


Ok, thanks. I am beginning to think Marek's. I had them vaccinated as chicks so I kind of thought that would offer some protection, but I guess not.

His comb is a normal red color. I meant that it is not blue, or pale. His comb looks good. 

 

I am beginning to think possibly some kind of cancer as well. I have done it all with not the best positive results. He will get better

for a while then relapse for a time. Seems like his relapses seem to be longer and longer. He has his own coop right now, I am spoiling

him till he says its time. 

 

What is the best most humane way to euthanize a chicken with minimal blood. I don't want to hurt him per say. He is a good rooster and I want him

to go with the least pain and trauma. 

 

Thanks for your post.


Edited by Roy Rooster - 1/29/16 at 10:51am

Wife and Mother of 2 boys, 2 cats, a whole bunch of fish, 13 BO hens and 1 BO Rooster (Roy Rooster).
                                                     Give me the simple country life.

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post #7 of 7
Ohhh Roy that is tough... If he has lesions you believe to be cancer... It's a form of mareks. There are tons of YouTube videos that teach you how to cull a bird... I would wait til dark before you do it... But most do with them losing their heads one way or another unless you take it to a vet... So sorry you are dealing with this.

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 My daily ramblings on about nothing http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1011208/making-the-most-of-it

 

 

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