IS THIS SOMETHING SERIOUS???

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Brillig, Mar 5, 2017.

  1. Brillig

    Brillig Out Of The Brooder

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    These are some pics of our rooster Bob...He's about nine months old...We started noticing the red under his beak about a month ago and just assumed it was a wattle starting...But it's obvious that something's not right...Does anyone have any idea what's happening here???

    Thanks in advance...

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  2. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

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    Favorite spot for the hens to peck . Do you happen to have some getting ready to lay ? Give them some extra calcium and put some blu-coat on the roosters throat. That should take care of things. [​IMG]
     
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  3. FeatherMtnFarms

    FeatherMtnFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have a pic of his whole body? He might just be molting.
     
  4. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I agree with @granny hatchet Looks like a plucked boy to me[​IMG]
     
  5. Brillig

    Brillig Out Of The Brooder

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    He's not molting and the girls have been laying for about ten weeks (they are all the same age as Bob) so plucking could have started at that point and probably didn't become noticeable until last month...I'll try the Blue Kote...Is there anything I can do to keep them from plucking him???

    Some of the girls have bald patches on heads and tails too, and I KNOW that's from mating...

    Am I doomed to a flock of bald birds???
     
  6. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Switch to a higher protein feed. Layer feed has just barely enough protein in it to sustain egg production, and some breeds need a bit more protein than others. Plus, you really shouldn't be feeding layer with a rooster in the flock. It's for actively laying birds only.
     
  7. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

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    The extra calcium is for the hens. Thats what they are after when they pluck him. You can try to trim roosters spurs but not much you can do for their bald heads except your rooster is young and frisky right now. He will calm down some in a couple months.
     
  8. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Feathers are not a significant source of calcium. They are mostly PROTEIN.
     

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