My friends just bought some cochins, about six hens and 1 rooster. They were all kinda skinny, but the rooster was really bad. He couldn't walk, just lay. They thought he was just weak from being skinny. i don't think so. He can't even stand, but he still has an appetite and drinks. I think one of the 2 male ducks the people had in the pen had tried to breed him and got him down in his back, since nothing "seems" to be wrong with his legs or hips. Anyway, they started him on elecrolytes and are keeping him in the house. Anyway, if anyone has any ideas on how to treat him please let me know and I'll pass it on. I had advised them not to buy them because I had gotten disease birds from the same person the year before and now I'm wary of his stuff. I guess I should have gotten more info on the roo, because I really don't know how his poop is, etc. Anyway, I'll ask.