1. clairemcc1

    clairemcc1 In the Brooder

    Jul 16, 2011
    I have a young Sussex rooster who has no power nor strength in his right leg and foot. I don't know what happened to him as there is no obvious sign of any cut or injury. He is holding his leg up of the ground and unable to put any weight on it. I have looked at the foot and the toes seem weak/ limp but there is no sign of any cut or infection anywhere. He is managing to balance himself using his wing and I have put him in a little house on his own to make sure he is not getting bullied by the others.

    Does anyone know or have any suggestion as to what may be wrong with his foot?

  2. OreoPlymothRock

    OreoPlymothRock Songster

    Apr 3, 2012
    Maybe he has these:

    Kinky Back

    Incidence: common chicken ailment in broiler flocks

    System/organ affected: joints or vertebrae

    Symptoms: in young broilers: arched back, extended neck, feet off ground, struggling backward on hocks to move around.

    Cause: unknown, possibly hereditary.

    Transmission: genetic or feed related. Does not spread bird to bird.

    Prevention: breed for resistance, do not feed for rapid growth.

    Treatment: none; cull


    Incidence: only in areas where biting midges and blackflies are present, especially during summer and fall. In North America it occurs in southeastern states, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

    System/organ affected: blood

    Symptoms: in young birds: droopiness, weakness, lameness, fever, loss of appetite, increased thirst.

    Cause: protozoan parasites that infect many other kinds of birds more often than chickens.

    Transmission: spread by biting midges from infected or carrier birds, does not spread through direct contact.

    Prevention: control blackfiles and midges.

    Treatment: ineffective, recovered birds are carriers and will never lay well.

    Marek's Disease

    Incidence: very common chicken ailment worldwide; occurs more in large breeds than in bantams.

    System/organ affected: organs, nerves, or skin.

    Symptoms: in chicks: growing thin while eating well. In young birds: enlarged feather follicles or white bumps on skin that scab over with a brown crust, lack of coordination, pale skin, wing or leg paralysis.

    Cause: six different herpes viruses concentrated in feather follicles, shed in dander, survive for years in dust and litter, inhaled contaminated dust, hatching eggs.

    Prevention: breed for resistance, practice good sanitation and provide good ventilation, keep turkey with your chickens because turkeys carry a related but harmless virus that prevents Marek's from forming and causing tumors.

    Treatment: none, cull.

    Hope this helps
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2012

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