I have had a small rooster for several years now he was the only one to survive from my last flight he has been on his own for at least 2 years. Recently I bought more new chickens to start a new flock somehow a sickness was introduced that I think was respiratory we gave electrolytes in the water for all chickens and antibiotics to the chickens that seemed sick. The majority of the flock seem to improve within a week or two but my rooster who had been fine the entire time started looking kind of tired. He would sit on his stoop and not go anywhere. I wasn't sure if he had gotten any of the electrolytes or antibiotics in the water that the other chickens had because he wasn't a member of their flock so to speak and didn't really share with them. Then all the sudden one night he flaps his wings up and hits the wall of the pen and lands on the ground then another rooster attacks him I guess because it was his moment of weakness. So I rushed him out and put him in the barn and his own box and I gave him a shot of antibiotic because his eyes look kind of wet and he sounded a little stuffy. I assumed he fell because he was sick and didn't have the energy. He has been in there for 2 days now the first day he really didn't move at all and I assumed he would die the second day I gave him another shot and he seemed more responsive he looked at me his eyes were clear and I will hope for the best. Yesterday the third day when I went to check on him I realized he can't hold his head up he twists it under his neck and can't look at me or face me he can actually move his neck a little he can move his head a little but he twists his neck under as if he has a broken neck. This causes him to not be able to stand even though his leg muscles seem perfectly fine when I'm holding his body when I hold his body up he can move his wings but his neck twist down and under I realize he probably wasn't getting any water with this neck issue and I gave him some with a syringe and he seemed very thirsty. My husband said it's probably a lost cause at this point if he can't get any water or food because he can't even focus on looking at the food because his neck is twisted up or upside down. Does anyone have any experience with this I love this little rooster and I would really hate to lose him especially when all else seems okay? Please help!
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4/6/16 at 8:23am