Hello. The day after Christmas I moved my roosters into my greenhouse to protect them from some bitter cold weather here in Minnesota that lasted through January. On Feb 1st, I noticed one of the roosters, Jasper, losing his balance and falling over. He had a bloody broken nail (which I thought was the problem) which I trimmed and treated with anti-bacterial and corn starch. I moved all my roosters out of the greenhouse back into their coop because the cold snap was over. I observed Jasper continuing to fall over frequently with tremors and clutching his feet. He would stand up within a few seconds, but these episodes are happening at least once an hour. I also observed a second rooster occasionally walking like he was drunk, and losing his balance. I thought maybe they had scaly mites, so I treated them. But I do not think they have scaly mites because their feet do not match the photos I've seen. But I've continued to treat them. After some investigation of the symptoms I've come to the conclusion they were exposed to the botulism toxin. In the greenhouse the roosters had access to some annual flowers and houseplants that I'm storing until spring. Unfortunately, because of the extremely wet fall, many of the plants were dead and dying and rotting because they were too wet. The roosters dug in the soil and ate some of the leaves and possible the roots of the rotting plants. I didn't think it was harmful, because they could do that all spring, summer and fall when they are outside. But the greenhouse was very humid and cool and not a good environment for plants or animals.
From everything I've read, it sounds like botulism and if they survive the first 48 hours they are suppose to recover. It has been six weeks, and they are not better. Does anyone think this could be anything other than botulism? Will they recover if it is? Is there something else I should be doing to help them recover? Just some info: the roosters are 3 years old, and they eat an "all flock" feed. Not a layer feed. Thanks for any thoughts! I'm really worried. Mark