Please help! Any advise would be GREATLY appreciated!!!
My poor RIR rooster is very sick I think. His comb has been bleeding and I think he has lost a lot of blood. When my husband went down this morning to check on our flock everyone seemed ok. Tonight he went back down to give them some more fresh water (we live in Nova Scotia and the water freezes this time of year so we put fresh water in twice daily to ensure they are staying hydrated), he noticed that our Rooster, Merlin, was not very lively, he was sitting on the floor instead of perched on his roost and his comb was covered in blood. He came up to get me and told me to go take a look that he thinks there was something wrong. When I went to check on him, he wasn't moving. Usually he greets me at the door but instead he was just sitting there with his head down and wouldn't even look up at me. I rushed to the house and went straight to this forum for advice. What I found out was that he more than likely has a frost bitten comb and it needed to be attended to immediately. I went back down with some towels, got into the coop and wrapped him up...he didn't even budge or make a hint of a sound. (He would normally be freaking out if I tried to cover him with a towel. He always lets me pet him but is super protective of his ladies and lets everyone know that he is the top cock of that coop!). I brought him into the house and the first thing I noticed was that his feathers were covered in blood...right from the top of his head to his tail feathers. We took some warm water and washed him up. Managed to get the bleeding stopped and then gave his comb a good dose of Vaseline to help heal it up. Now that the bleeding has stopped and he is in a warm and save "hospital pen" in our basement with towels and fresh water I'm nervous that he has lost too much blood. He is not moving...won't even stand up, his breathing seems laboured and when I go check on him he just sits there and looks at me like...help me mommy, I'm so sick!
Can someone please give me some advice/tips on how to get this poor boy back on his feet? I feel terrible and just want him better! Thanks so much in advance!