I recently got a nearly year old Buff Orpington Roo with a hen (welsummer cross). I have them seperated from my flock (11 months old), they are getting treated for worms, lice/ mites, and given Vitamin injection as both are underweight, treating for scaly leg mites as some scales are upturned. I can feel the keel bone prominent in both. They were just fed scratch grains for feed. Looking him over he has a very fluffy rear end that has feather fluff right up to the edge of his vent. I had a bit of a time finding his vent! (Made dusting him interesting too) It looks like it would be hard to make contact for breeding. How much fluff can I cut off of him to make it easier to breed when his quarentine time is over and start of introduction to my flock? Is there a way to cover or stop the growth of his spurs? Any additions I should make to feed to get weight up to normal? I think he may be 6 lbs and that is underweight for breed? Should I consider Artificial insemination or will the trimming be enough? He has a very deep voice, gentle and haven't had any problem handling him. Was quiet while being dusted, sat quietly getting his legs rubbed with vaseline, only flinched when given shot. Active walks around well, let's his voice be heard by my girls and they answer him even not being able to see him. His hen buddy on the other hand may be younger and is a screamer for being held. My EE's, welsummers, California greys have a lot of fluff too, should I start trimming the feathers on them too to make it easier for mating? Advice, suggestions, ideas are very appreciated. Thanks! Sara Oh also had a mucus build up in throat that I thought was a worm at first, so on a tylan treatment to clear it up. No mucus in eyes, nostrils, a bit of a wheeze from mucus in throat. 2nd day of treatment Saturday mucus nearly gone, let out a full throated crow that didn't sound at all muffled. Hen showing improvement too. Both eating very well now they know what pellets are.