lethargic rooster with pale comb

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by zschatzman, Jul 29, 2008.

  1. zschatzman

    zschatzman New Egg

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    I have a free range dutch bantam rooster that has recently become lethargic often standing in one spot all day and his comb is a pale pink instead of it's usual vibrant red. I think he could be crop bound but I am not sure. I need help identifying the problem and finding a solution. We gave him teramaycin but it did not help.
     
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    What are the exact symptoms? What do you feed? Does he free range? What makes you think the crop is involved (swollen, etc?)

    Antibiotics is not a good idea if you suspected crop issues. An impacted or slow crop can become a sour crop, which is usually a YEAST infection, not bacterial. By using antibiotics it will kill beneficial bacteria and let the yeast get a much stronger hold. The ladies out there know exactly what I mean about antibiotics sometimes leading to yeast infection...

    First step would be to separate out this guy into a hospital cage/dog crate, etc where you can keep tabs on him, see exactly what he is or isn't eating, etc.

    If crop issues are suspected, you can try witholding feed for 24 hours and only feeding small amounts of bread SOAKED in olive oil (and water, of course). Then massage the crop to help whatever is in there to move along.

    Is there a sour or nasty smell to his breath? Then it may be sour crop/thrush infection. Do a search here for 'sour and crop' and see what you can find as far as treatment options for that.

    If the crop is just impacted (no sour crop) and the olive oil doesn't work he may need crop surgery to remove the blockage and get things going again.

    Good luck with him...I"m just one person here so hopefully others can chime in with suggestions too.
     
  3. zschatzman

    zschatzman New Egg

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    He does free range and we also feed Purina Layena and Purina Scratch feed. He doesn't have a bad odor but his crop is mushy even in the morning. I will try the olive oil and see if that works, thanks
     

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