lethargic (seems constipated) rooster; what to do?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by victoriagoodrch, Dec 16, 2014.

  1. victoriagoodrch

    victoriagoodrch Out Of The Brooder

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    hello. my beautiful rooster called spot has been lifeless and can barely stand for about a day. another one of our chickens just died from similar symptoms, so i'm resorting to coming here for help. he stands up and looks like he's going to poop, but can't. he also barely will eat and drink anymore. does anyone know what's wrong with him?
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    this is a picture of my baby boy. someone please help before he has the same fate as my beloved hen.
     
  2. victoriagoodrch

    victoriagoodrch Out Of The Brooder

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    update; he has a swollen crop as well. someone please help.
     
  3. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

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    Withhold food for 24 hours. Give a laxative solution of 1 oz of molasses mixed in a quart of lukewarm water for 4 hours only. You may have to syringe feed the bird if he isn't drinking on his own. Be careful not to aspirate the bird. After that, give poultry vitamins-electrolytes in water for a couple days. If, in a 24 hour period, the crop is emptying, only give soft food such as buttermilk soaked bread or moist crumbles for a day or two. Pay attention to the droppings and report what you see. Once the bird has his appetite back, I'd suggest deworming him with Albendazole or treating for Coccidiosis depending on condition of droppings.
     
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2014

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