Originally Posted by deerlady11
Ok so I just got this Rooster yesterday. I have quarantined him in another room on the other side of the room my hens are in. He sneezed a couple times and I didn't think much of it. I let him outside today in a small pen to stretch his legs. When I went to catch him to put him back...he got to running and that’s when I heard all this congestion and flym like sounds going on inside of him. When I picked him up he was breathing hard and I could hear it just rattling and then he started coughing.
So I read the post about Respitory infections. I read that even if I can get him better he will always be a carrier. What do I do with him now? I'm guessing that he shouldn't be with my hens...correct? He sounds horrible. I put a heat lamp on him and he's getting medicated chick feed mixed in with reg feed. I don't have any antibiotics on hand.
He is pictured below. I took these pictures this morning. A very beautiful Rooster. An Olive Egger Roo. Thanks for your time.
Medicated feed is only to prevent cocciodosis. They don't have a medicated feed that does anything else...so may as well stop that. A lot of times it's just a cold and not a really big deal. Sometimes it's serious...
If you have more roosters than you need then I guess you could just eat him, but I am a wait and see how it goes.
There is no reason that chickens need antibiotics once every few months...that is barely better than what we are trying to avoid by having our own chickens.
I would wait and see how he does, and if he gets better then good, and if not then alright, it sucks, but sometimes these things happen. Especially with chickens.
Wait wait wait...so you went and got a new rooster and added him straight with your other chickens, only to then find him sneezing..it's possible wherever you got him from knew he was ill and wanted to pass the buck off to someone else, or he is just sneezy because you use a different bedding material than he might be used to...
You should always have a wait period when you get new birds before you add them with your existing birds. Some things you can't protect against no matter how long you wait to introduce as well.
I got adult chickens to start with, then I got a mama hen and 7 chicks...after the hen and chicks time was up they went into the big coop and everything was fine...then one of the chicks started limping...and then another one started limping..then they both started losing control of most of their body parts...
I am assuming that the older existing chickens were exposed to marek's, and so then gave it to the chicks...but losing 2 out of 7 isn't too bad I don't think...but it's something to think about. I won't ever buy adult birds...I also won't get rid of the ones I already have..so the new chicks will suffer some losses, but eventually I will have a marek's resistant flock. I mean all the chickens I have now I assume are resistant simply because they never got sick when the other new chicks were dying...the remaining chicks have started to lay and everyone is doing great.
But anyway sometimes when adding adult birds to your coop there are some terrible effects.
Edited by missnu01 - 3/19/13 at 2:31pm