OK, I have a bird with a problem (a GNH) and so now I have some questions for you all.
My oldest roo who is not quite a year old and the one that I like the best developed a problem with his right foot. I have no idea what he did or how he did it but it’s defiantly bothering him. There has been no swelling and no cuts and compared to his good foot/leg everything looks fine but he will not put his foot flat on the ground. When he steps he put his weight on his toes but holds the ball of his foot off the ground. If I hold him up and put presser on the ball of his good foot he doesn’t mind but he does not like it at all on his bad foot. When standing still he stands most of the times on his good leg holding the bad leg up off the ground.
Right after I found him limping, I separated him from everyone else and put him in one of my larger grow out pens by himself to see if his foot would get better with rest. It’s been about a month now and there has been no change. He limps just as bad now as he did a month ago. I put a hen in with him the other day to see if he could still be used as a breeder and he could not mount the hen with his foot like it is.
This is very frustrating to me because I’m torn between giving him more time because he is my best all around type roo, or doing the humane thing and putting him down right away. Other than the limp he does not look to be in pain but how does one really know anyway…any thoughts?
Well, last night I decided that it was time to put my favorite GNH roo down. He looked as though he was getting better but last night he really looked like hell. I think Walt called it right from the beginning, (Mareks disease). Lucky for me I hatched 9 chicks from this roo that I still have and I also have his younger brother who looks really good himself. With any luck I won’t have to deal with this again anytime soon!!!
Need more chickens!
Need more chickens!