They mostly roam in our backyard during the day. They usually have hay inside but I cleaned it when I took this photo. I replaced it with fresh ones from time to time.Can you possibly move him to a place more comftorable? A cage with no wires for his feet and nice comfy bedding? Do you have a home for these chickens outside of these cages?
I have this 4 year old pet rooster . He has a chronic respiratory issue. And I noticed that he’s getting thinner and his face is pale than before. He eats and loves to drink a lot. I’m thinking of deworming him. His droppings are normal. But I’ve read somewhere that it causes stress. Should I deworm him or not?
Thank you! The pill have is for roosters. I think the dosage is good. I’m just also worried that it add up the stress.
Thank you! I’ve read that from a local cockfighting group thread. It’s not in English. I think it’s just a myth. Anyway, he’s already under fasting right now (it’s currently 6pm from where we are). I’ll proceed with the deworming on early morning.
Where are you located in the world?
De-worming is probably fine, but you mention he has a chronic respiratory issue.
It looks like he has some facial swelling which usually indicates pus in the sinus/under the eye.
His beak is either overgrown and needs filed down or he may be scissor beaked (hard to tell from the photo). Can you get some more photos?
I agree, addressing the respiratory issue is a very good idea. Some respiratory diseases are viral so antibiotics won't treat them, but if he's a pet and culling him is not something you wish to do, then see if an antibiotic will help clear up any infection. Tylosin or a Tetracycline are common antibiotics used to treat respiratory disease like Mycoplasma. Baytril is another antibiotic that some folks use - it's very good, but it is banned for use in poultry used for consumption. Since this is a rooster and you likely don't plan on eating him, then using Baytril may be considered as well.
If there is pus in the sinus or under the eye - it will have to be removed/pressed out in order for that to heal.
Since his comb is flopped over the other eye, it would also be a good idea to monitor that covered eye to ensure it's not getting infected more.
His breast looks like it's been wet - could be from water/food, but also could indicate mucous from the nostrils. It would be worth looking at his nostrils and cleaning them if necessary. Also look inside his beak to see if there are lesions/canker.
Make sure his crop is emptying overnight. Feed him a higher protein feed like chick starter to help build him up and continue with the poultry vitamins 1-2 times a week.
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