Lathargic rooster

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Bantamma, Nov 19, 2019.

  1. Bantamma

    Bantamma Hatching

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    Hi! New chicken owner and my bantam rooster is acting weird. Reading his head against walls, like he's trying to hide. His breathing is slow. His comb and face are a little blue. I am currently holding him wrapped in layers, hoping he's just cold but not sure if it could be more. Has anyone encountered this problem before? What else can I do?
     
  2. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Crossing the Road

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    Where are you located?
    How old is he?
    What are you feeding?
    Is he your only chicken?
    Is he eating? Drinking? Pooping?
    Picture of him standing on his own & his poop, please.
     
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  3. micstrachan

    micstrachan Free Ranging

    I would start by bringing him in where it is warm. If that stresses him out, maybe bring a friend with him.
     
  4. Bantamma

    Bantamma Hatching

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    He won't leave the towel, just laying calmly. He looked/ felt cold so I wrapped him up for 3 hours and his comb is normal color. We're in Brentwood California, he's the rooster but we have two hens. They seem fine. I haven't seen him poop, eat or drink today but I do work until 4 which is when I found him. I just gave him some electrolyte/ probiotic infused water by syringe.
     
  5. micstrachan

    micstrachan Free Ranging

    My parents live in Byron (Discovery Bay), so I know exactly where Brentwood is! I'm over in the Santa Cruz mountains (unincorporated Los Gatos). So he's swallowing on his own? How is his breathing now? Have you offered him a favorite treat to entice him to eat a little?
     
  6. micstrachan

    micstrachan Free Ranging

    Also, a sick bird can have trouble regulating their own body temperature, even though we are relatively warm here in California. Having said that, I did notice a turn to cooler weather tonight. Do your birds free range at all and could he have gotten into something?
     
  7. Bantamma

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    This morning he ran from my touch which is normal for him. Going to keep giving him the electrolytes, but he's a free range chicken and we don't normally give him treats. He is swallowing on his own. Looks a little better, thinking he might be dehydrated.
     
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