Meet Drumstick, the one-legged cockerel--Happy UPDATE on pg 3

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by Sunny Side Up, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    Several weeks ago this cockerel was sleeping in the corner of his pen with his flock-mates when a raccoon reached under the side (the ground was really dry & loose) and grabbed a few out for a meal. It just pulled the leg off this cockerel, I actually found it outside the pen. There wasn't any bleeding from the injury, it seems to have cleanly pulled the leg bone out of the hip socket. When I found the leg I didn't realize it was from this chick, I thought it was a part of one of the other half-eaten chicks, so I didn't examine it closely. I later noticed this chick looking very sorry for himself, and only then realized that he only had one leg left.

    The skin around it was bruised-looking for a few days. I gave him no special treatment. He was able to heal & rally all by himself. Now his name is Drumstick, and he lives with a few bantam chicks for now. His flock-mates his same age & size were taking advantage of his immobility and pecking the feathers off his back. They are growing back in now. I'm impressed with how he is able to adapt to living with only one leg, he can even hop up to roost.


    Last edited: Sep 23, 2011
  2. Miyashi

    Miyashi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2011
    Gaylord, MI
    Poor little guy!
    That is just so sad!
    It's amazing how "springy" chickens are.
    They are awesome.
    I'm glad he's doing well!
  3. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    That's horrible! He's so lucky to have you.
    I have a JG roo with 1 eye. I keep him because he would only end up as dinner somewhere else.
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Aww the poor little guy. Glad he's doing well. [​IMG]
  5. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2011
    Mmmm, drumstick! He's pretty cute though so I guess I'll have some filet mignon tonight.
  6. Memphisjourney2seramas

    Memphisjourney2seramas Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2011
    that is so amazing that he survived!!
  7. Cab the Mane

    Cab the Mane Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 16, 2011
    Talk about a roo you can rest easy that he wont flog you XD
  8. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 29, 2011
    Poor little guy! I am glad to hear he is doing well with only one leg though. Good luck with him! I love the name by the way!
  9. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    Well, with a name like Drumstick... you might be able to guess where he's going... [​IMG]

    I wish I had the resources to keep birds like him around, just to reward pluckiness & spunk. But he would always have to be in a fully-enclosed pen, he'd be such a target for the hawks, and probably wouldn't be able to mate successfully. But I bet he would certainly try! He doesn't think he's missing anything, the first day I put him in the pen with some young bantams he frilled his hackles and got in a stand-off with a little Dutch cockerel. And had the other guy rather intimidated too!

    He's certainly worth keeping for the table since I prefer white meat... [​IMG] and I'm interested to see how his frame looks under his feathers & skin.

    But if a local BYCer wanted him to keep as a pet I would gladly give Drumstick to them. I'm in western West Palm Beach, FL, just let me know.
  10. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Dang raccoons.

    Glad he has such a compassionate owner.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by