How Sweet a Rooster can be: Post your pictures of your Roo at his sweetest too...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Bogtown Chick, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. Bogtown Chick

    Bogtown Chick Overrun With Chickens

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    This morning I got up to take care of big Roger or Big Toots as the kids call him.

    It's cold in the upper midwest. Yesterday morning was 1 degree. So I made some oatmeal for my flock at noon and when I tucked them in on the roost last night I noticed on big Roger's wattles some yellowing and swelling...touched by Jack frost and not in a pretty way! It's not his first go round this year and I'm filled with dread that this will be something that we battle all winter--I'm filled with dread but I'm also going to deal with it and try to prevent-- because that's what I do.

    Coop is super well ventilated...Poop board is in place...so there is little to no humidity in that coop. The problem comes when I feed clingy moist food like oatmeal or fermented feed (which is soooo good for them) or if they are out in a misty sleety day with cold winds....You get the picture moisture from food or climate then cold. And he's just the breed for problems like this... So I need to watch the oatmeal thing now too. [​IMG]

    This morning he had this issue with his wattles but they had reddened up again and the swelling remained slightly-- better than I thought it was going to be. He also needed his vent cleaned of general crustiness from his extra curriculars and a few misfires. So here we are on the kitchen counter with the north and the south end treatments.


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    I set him up there and he squatted immediately--submissive. Without an extra set of hands to hold him he was sooo Good for me. I couldn't get over it. Pulling the poo out of his hind feathers...everything. He was scared, shall we say "poopless" that he didn't even do that on the towel. I didn't like that he was probably scared but I'm glad he kept it respectful (as he usually does) although he's been known to bat my ankles on a rare occasion if I lead his hens away with a treat for example.

    His treatments were pretty basic a little soapy warm water for the wattles and combs, then the vent. Then I put a topical antibiotic on his wattles and vent--even though not infected as it can act as an anti-inflammatory too, when needed.
    I couldn't get over his wonderful submissive behavior (because he is the boss- a sweet one.) and I had to just share.
    Thanks everybody!
    Bragging Chicken Mom~


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  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    He sure is a handsome chap, and I can see where he would get frost bite thats some big comb and wattles. Love sweet roos.
     
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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  4. Bogtown Chick

    Bogtown Chick Overrun With Chickens

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    Thanks for posting Miss Lydia. What a lovely escort and doorman for your hen there. Just love the roos.
     
  5. Gramma Chick

    Gramma Chick Overrun With Chickens

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    Our Australorp Lucky ..
     
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Thank you for posting a pic of Lucky he is the breed I am hoping to add to my flock in the spring, They are so gorgeous.
     
  7. Bogtown Chick

    Bogtown Chick Overrun With Chickens

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    Ooo. I like Lucky. He's beautiful. I don't always see photos of Australorp Roos on here. I have an Australorp Hen, Holly and we just love her. Sort of demure and a little aloof. She's big too. How heavy or big is your roo? Gosh I'd love to see more pictures of him. Love how the blues/greens/purples reflect off the black feathers too, dont you?
     
  8. Lifestudent

    Lifestudent Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ours thinks he's a pet. Then again, so do our hens.


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  9. dawg53

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    Here's a pic of one of my RIR's cuddling with a previous Delaware roo I had. [​IMG]
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  10. Miss Lydia

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    Big difference in size, nice pic.
     

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