HELP! ROOSTER IS LIMPING!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ClareScifi, Feb 16, 2015.

  1. ClareScifi

    ClareScifi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    HELP! Baby, my Lemon Blue rooster is limping. I noticed it first last evening. He'll be 4 years old this coming September. I can't get near him, as he has always been a feisty boy who loves to peck. He is holding up his foot from time to time, and I could see under it. I don't see signs of bumblefoot yet.... Have you ever heard of a rooster recovering from a limp? I don't think he has a broken nail. Could a spur cause him to limp, I wonder? I have never cut off his sp...urs. What else could trigger a limp? He is enjoying mating in this warm weather. Could he have gotten hurt while doing so, maybe jumping up after a hen and falling somewhere? I'm worried his leg could be broken? Or a tendon hurt? I don't know what to do. I have an avian vet, but I don't think he'd want to deal with my bad boy. Can they sedate roosters to work on them? I might be able to get him at night, with heavy gloves, out of the coop and put him in a cage to take him to the vet. He's a favorite of mine, raised indoors by hand. I'd hate to lose him if there's anything I could do to help him. Has anyone ever heard of a rooster recovering from a limp without intervention? All replies will be appreciated.
     
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  2. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    All those things you mentioned could cause him to limp, and then some. Check for scaley leg mites.
    If he has those, he'll have to get used to being handled, because they won't go away on their own.
    He might have pulled something, and again he'll need rest to heal it. You could try to get him to eat a baby aspirin in a treat a few times a day, but chances are he'll just give it to a hen. If it's not a bad limp, you could just leave it and see how he does, but we try to treat them, because they do need to be able to run in our free range flock.
     
  3. ClareScifi

    ClareScifi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You are right; he is chivalrous and would give the aspirin in-a-treat to a hen. I had wondered about scaly leg mites, but I don't think he has those. He seems hungry and his eyes are bright, but I'd hate to miss something. I'm thinking I could maybe give it a few days, to see whether he recovers, keeping a close eye on things all the while. I wish I could feel his leg to see whether it is hot.
     
  4. ClareScifi

    ClareScifi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just went out to feed him some lettuce... He ate it very well and then proceeded to mate with a hen, even though he still has the limp. I guess that mating urge must be very strong in roosters. I hope it is a good sign that he feels well enough to mate even though his leg is impaired?
     
  5. ClareScifi

    ClareScifi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know-- his legs DO look awfully scaly and icky. I wonder whether that is it. I don't know how in the world I could treat him for those. I love him, but he is a beast.
     
  6. ClareScifi

    ClareScifi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can scaly leg mites kill him?
     
  7. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Well, they will just get worse and worse. They can cause a lot of problems, he will get progressively lamer, they can lose toes because of the mites.
    You gotta do something if they are that bad, and it sounds like that's what's causing the lameness. there's a whole thread on here about scaly leg mites.
    There are many things you can use to treat, but whatever you use, it takes a few weeks before they are well enough to quit treatment, and before they quit limpimg.

    Usually, though, once you've handled a tough one a few times, they do learn you're not going to kill them, and they're not so hard to handle. Most people use oil, or vaseline, to coat the legs and feet. These smother the mites. You can also do periodic soaks in ACV or Epsom Salts and warm water, to help kill the mites and reduce pain and inflammation. And we give ours baby aspirin twice a day and also vitamins. I've read there's also a spray you can buy to treat the mites...I think it's available in feed stores. That might be easier for you, but you would still have to be able to get the stuff on the bottom of his feet. When we have one with scaly leg mites, we put them in a hospital pen, because it is easier to treat, and also they're not running around and jumping on their sore legs and feet. Read the threads on here about scaly leg mites. You'll see it's a very common problem, and you can decide which treatment is best for you. We've been using Castor oil, because it has it's own anti inflammatory properties, and you don't have to apply it as often, only once a week or so if they're bad. But it's still just taking forever for our roo to get over his. He's been in hospital three weeks, but he can't go out til he can get around well, as he will now face the problem of regaining his status in the pecking order when he does go out. I don't know if you have multiple roos, but that's something else to consider, as the others will pick on him when they discover he's having problems.
     
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  9. ClareScifi

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    Thanks for the info. What would 3 weeks in a hospital for a rooter cost?
     
  10. ClareScifi

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    I called the vet. The cost is about $350.00 for 3 weeks in the hospital. Worth every penny--- not having to do my rooster's legs myself. What a nightmare!
     

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