HELP Year Old Welsummer Roo Sick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by shesell, May 30, 2010.

  1. shesell

    shesell Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 24, 2009
    Deland, FL
    My Year old Welsummer Roo was doing very well up until yesterday when I noticed he was listless and looked unkempt ,very unusual for him. Today, his wattles and comb are VERY pale. He is upright and eating but seems weak. It was very easy for me to pick him up...usually there is a bit of a chase to get him. I see no blood, no injuries, no sign of trauma. He is eating the same food as everyone else. 16% layer feed, a little scratch every day and then a treat, like today they had leftover cooked grits and a couple of iffy plums. I am attaching a picture so you can have a look. He is a sad looking fellow and has lost some weight. I noticed when I picked him up. We have a very nice coop for them with plenty of room for everyone. I just cleaned it out last weekend. Any help would be really appreciated.
    Here are the pictures:



    I have already separated him from the other chickens until I determine what's going on.
  2. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2009
    SouthEast Texas
    My first suspicion/concern is that maybe he's have a digestive problem. Have you felt his crop to see if it seems abnormal or if you can feel an obstruction?
  3. chickerdoodle

    chickerdoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2009
    I am not an expert at all but you should consider parasites--especially internal. Its also possible he got some bad food somewhere. Are all the other chickens fine? Any noise when he breathes? Eyes clear?

    Give him a good once over for mites/lice and get a fecal tested ASAP. In the interim give him good nutrition--add some multi-vitamins to his water. Hopefully someone else will chime in with another idea. [​IMG]

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