Limping Roo... B vitamin deficiency any input????

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mudderhen, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. mudderhen

    mudderhen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2008
    Clarkesville, GA
    I have a Jersey Giant roo that has been limping slightly for several days. I noticed he was doing a lot of sitting on his knees and pecking at the ground.
    The first day I had a chance, I took him to see the vet, which specializes in chickens(thank goodness). Lurch was good as gold at the vet's office. He stayed still, didn't try to run or scratch anybody, and everyone thought he was a very handsome boy, but when the vet walked in and saw the way he was sitting, he immediatley said, "oh, no."
    He asked if I had switched feed recently, and of course I had. I got tired of all the birds wasting their crumbles, and so I started getting pellets. This was a different brand from what I normally get because my husband got them while I was sick in bed.
    The vet said that it was a slipped tendon and that it is from a vitamin B deficiency. He said the roos will show signs and symptoms first because their metabolism is faster than the hens.
    He recommended I switch back to my original feed and supplement him with B-complex.
    I know he is still hurting because I had to pick him up and place him inside the hen house tonight. I'm sure it will take a little time for him to come around, but i'm wondering if anyone else has heard of this or knkows anything else about it?
  2. ve

    ve Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2009
    Palmetto GA
    I hope you rooster is recovering and doing well. There may be some genitic situation behind this. If your rooster goes thru this cycle of B defficiency over and over, a Vet once told me that his male offspring will susecptable to B deffiency symptoms also.
    I would like to see what others think or know about this.
  3. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

    Jan 1, 2008
    I have seen posts on this board like that. Sounds like you are going in the right direction.
  4. sammi

    sammi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    I think your vet gave you pretty good advice.

    wouldn't hurt to mix him some feed, cooked egg and plain yogurt, with a little water cooked oatmeal..
    make crumbly..not soupy.

    hope he does get better soon..

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