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Rooster not eating because he's "love-sick"?

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My two-year old Buff Brahma rooster Penrod is off his feed. He eats so little these days, his crop has shrunk to the size of a walnut. He even ignores his scratch grain ration. But he doesn't act like he doesn't feel well.

 

Last night I did get him to eat some dried cat food, BOSS, and some raisins. But his poop shows green bile, so it would appear he's not getting enough to eat.

 

Could it just be it's spring and he's only thinking about the hens and forgetting to eat? He doesn't have access to the girls, by the way. He and his fellow roo Darrel are bachelors.

 

Is this common with roosters in springtime for their appetites to slack off ?

 

 

One matronly and regal Light Brahma hen, two Silver-laced Wyandotte hens, two Gold-laced Wyandotte hens, one Black Cochin hen, three EE hens, one timid Buff Brahma hen, four obnoxious Speckled Sussex hens, one Buff Brahma roo, five Welsummer hens, and one twenty-year old cat who is wary of all of them.
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One matronly and regal Light Brahma hen, two Silver-laced Wyandotte hens, two Gold-laced Wyandotte hens, one Black Cochin hen, three EE hens, one timid Buff Brahma hen, four obnoxious Speckled Sussex hens, one Buff Brahma roo, five Welsummer hens, and one twenty-year old cat who is wary of all of them.
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Hmm... I don't think it is just that he is love sick.  My roosters are eating just fine.  Check out these links: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/517234/medical-treatments-recommended-by-bycers

 

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044

 

It is good that you noticed the symptoms before he started getting weak.  Green poop does indicate that he is not absorbing enough nutrients.

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CHICKENS:to name just a few cochin, orpington,  OEG  also have: mute swans, geese, and cats
  SEE MY BYC PAGE  for photos 

  SEE MY  CHICKEN PAGE for even more photos

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Thanks, that's a very helpful link. I'll save the link.

 

Penrod has been pooping more normally today, so I have a hunch he's just been feeling his hormones and has been spending more time intimidating his buddy Darrel (through the fence) than eating. 

 

I'll continue to tempt him with cat food and Boss and raisins. I won't let him starve.

One matronly and regal Light Brahma hen, two Silver-laced Wyandotte hens, two Gold-laced Wyandotte hens, one Black Cochin hen, three EE hens, one timid Buff Brahma hen, four obnoxious Speckled Sussex hens, one Buff Brahma roo, five Welsummer hens, and one twenty-year old cat who is wary of all of them.
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One matronly and regal Light Brahma hen, two Silver-laced Wyandotte hens, two Gold-laced Wyandotte hens, one Black Cochin hen, three EE hens, one timid Buff Brahma hen, four obnoxious Speckled Sussex hens, one Buff Brahma roo, five Welsummer hens, and one twenty-year old cat who is wary of all of them.
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