My pet rooster has a still leg, don't know what to do or what happened... can anyone help?? please

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by lovemychickys, Feb 23, 2014.

  1. lovemychickys

    lovemychickys New Egg

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    My pet rooster (Pecky a leghorn) seemed last night before I put him in his cage.. he was crowing, hopping around, dancing with his girls etc.. and this morning when I went to take him out of his cage, he was just laying there looking at me. Not his usual self, I am freaking out and I don't know what to do. I did give him some food and he ate not sure if he is drinking. I picked him up and took him outside and as I was carrying him he started to crow, I was happy to hear that. I put him in a box and I noticed his right leg is straight back.. I am no doctor and there are no vets in my area (as far as I know of). One more thing, he did get into a fight with my other pet roo.. a silkie, 3 days ago..but they were both running around after that.
    If anyone has any ideas/can help please do.
    thanks,
    one sad chicky
     
  2. CarlieO

    CarlieO Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old is he? Do you know if he has had any vaccinations?
     
  3. lovemychickys

    lovemychickys New Egg

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    I got him last summer from a school that had hatched him and 5 others. No vaccinations ever but I have given them poultry vitamins from the feed store..none of my other babies are having any problems.. I have 4 girls and 3 boys but the other two boys are caged, so I am at a loss.
    thank you for replying
     
  4. pwand

    pwand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its possible your dealing with Mareks disease. Do a search here, and you will find lots of information about it.
     
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  5. lovemychickys

    lovemychickys New Egg

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    I did read a little on it, from the posts I read it seemed like the symptoms that were described were different then his, but I will do some more research on this disease. Right now he is sitting near me and eating, I do hope whatever he is going thru, passes.
    Again thanks for replying.
     
  6. ten chicks

    ten chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bring him inside,keep him warm(when ill/injured birds cannot regulate their body temp,this is why additional heat is required).

    Give him aspirin for pain,either a low dose(81mg)or a reg aspirin(325mg)dose is 25mg per lb of body weight,crush and place in water or sprinkle over feed or give orally(wrap in a pce of meat or cheese). Give his leg a warm water soak.

    Check his leg for a sprain/fracture/dislocated tendon. Any swelling in leg,can you feel a fracture? To check for a slipped tendon,run thumb down back of leg from hock(leg joins body)to shank(scales start)press down while doing this,if tendon has slipped you can feel it,it will feel springy/loose/wobbly press down you should feel it snap back into place.

    Make sure he can reach his food/water as walking is probably painful.
     
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