1. Sunnychick

    Sunnychick Out Of The Brooder

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    Can a chicken have a fever? My rooster's crown is very warm. He is sleeping a lot. Looks depressed. stopped crowing....
     
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Chickens can run a fever like any other creature, but they run about 100 degrees F normally. Is he showing any other symptoms?
     
  3. Sunnychick

    Sunnychick Out Of The Brooder

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    Just what I described earlier. When we put him outside with his girls he acts fine for a while then just stands with his head down and tail feathers drop down. we are holding him now and notice his crown has a lot of dark blotches. He seems very weak.
     
  4. Sunnychick

    Sunnychick Out Of The Brooder

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    not the little black spots that you sometimes see but large dark areas.
     
  5. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Dark areas on the comb can be indicative of a few things. First, has he been exposed to any low temps? Mild cases of frost bite can show up as darkened areas on the comb and wattles. If not, then the next reason for darkened areas on the comb is a heart or circulatory problem. Unfortunately, there's not much that can be done about that. If he has either of those going on the best you can do for him is to keep him comfortable until he recovers or passes.

    Is a trip to a vet out of the question? He may have an infection, but what would you use for an antibiotic? And to treat what? Without more symptoms to work from, it's difficult to know what could be wrong with him. A bad infection will lead to system shut down and organ failure which would account for the darkened areas on his comb and the fever.

    Sorry I can't be more help.
     

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