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Jul 18, 2016
Hi! I'm new to raising chickens, although my husband's grandfather had a farm and he's more familiar with them. We have 6 Rhode Island Red hens, about 20 weeks old now, and a Rooster, not sure what breed, Oscar is about 16 to 18 weeks old and weighs 11lbs! Unfortunately, it appears he tore the gastrocnemius tendon in both legs, vet says probably because of his weight. We're not interested in sending him across the Rainbow bridge, he's otherwise happy and healthy loves his girls and they are very protective of him. Dr. Zap suggested finding a lower calorie food for him, especially since the girls are moving on to layer mash. She hasn't been able to find anything on line or speaking to her peers, yet. Anybody have any ideas?
Hi :welcome

Glad you could join us here! Sorry to hear your roo is having leg trouble. You could post in our feeding and watering your flock section for help with low calorie feed ideas ~ https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/12/feeding-amp-watering-your-flock
I hope you are able to get him something that can help his weight.

Wishing you the very best of luck and enjoy BYC :frow

Good site to check out. Good luck with that big boy.
Welcome to BYC
Glad you joined us! Most of the feeds I can think of now are fairly high in calories… Please do start a thread in the Feeding & Watering section, let's see what our members suggest.
By any chance could your rooster be a Cornish x? They are meat birds, have explosive growth and are usually ready to process very early. Otherwise their legs and organs fail them. Cornish x are white birds and spend most of their time eating.

Do you have a photo of him?
Thanks for the welcome! No, pretty sure Oscar isn't a Cornish X, he's gold and red with blue/black tail and wing feathers
I'll get that thread going in watering and feeding. My sister is going to help me finale a type of sling to give him some support at night.

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