My rooster isn't walking right!

CknTenderOK

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Hello all, and Merry Christmas🎄

I've only had chickens since Feburary. I have a 10 month old Polish Rooster, Jerry, that came into my flock a couple of months ago with his brother. We have since had to re-home. Jerry's brother attacked him several times. He started favoring a leg, sitting to eat, tiring easily, and looks like he's drunk when he walks. After the brother was re-homed our dominant Polish hen bullies him. She's not a fan of roosters I gather, and is in time out for a few days. I have checked Jerry head to toe many times not seeing or feeling anything wrong. I've given Nutri-Drench, Vitamin E with Selenium. There's no swelling, odd colors, or sore's. He is a healthy bird other than his physical ailment.

I'm at a loss here. :he
If anyone has any suggestion's I'd appreciate the help.

Thank you in advance.🙂
 

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Tonyroo

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Did you check :
1. crop to know its empty in the morning and full at night
2. mites / lice on the body
3. irregular / wormy poop
4. inside his mouth and vent for sores
5. check your feed for mold

How long has he been behaving this way?
 

CknTenderOK

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Did you check :
1. crop to know its empty in the morning and full at night
2. mites / lice on the body
3. irregular / wormy poop
4. inside his mouth and vent for sores
5. check your feed for mold

How long has he been behaving this way?

Jerry has been like this for about 2 months. I just did a thorough check on him and took pictures of his legs. His left leg is what bothers him. He guards it. He may have slight swelling around his joint. I've added some pictures that I took. I'll add his left here and a picture of both to my main post. Thank you.
 

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Eggcessive

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A short video of him walking around uploaded to YouTube with a link posted here might be helpful. Does he put weight on the leg or hold it up? Is he having balance issues? An injury to the leg mighr be a possibility. Mareks disease could be a possibility at his age, and if he was not vaccinated. You may want to crate him with his own food and water, and give some B complex daily, to force him to rest the leg.
 

Tonyroo

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The last picture has what looks like a maggot moving in between the gap where your holding him. The 3rd to last close up picture of his leg I see a puncture mark. You should inspect that puncture mark just to make sure it's not the source of his limp. Open abrasion can host living maggots eating him from the inside. If there are things in there you need to extract it out.
 

CknTenderOK

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Jerry has been like this for about 2 months. I just did a thorough check on him and took pictures of his legs. His left leg is what bothers him. He guards it. He may have slight swelling around his joint. I've added some pictures that I took. I'll add his left here and a picture of both to my main post. Thank you.

I will inspect further. From what I saw it was just a red spot and a feather coming out. There wasn't a visible maggot just feather coming in. Thank you so much. I will also see if my son will help me get a video and upload it for everyone.
 

CknTenderOK

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A short video of him walking around uploaded to YouTube with a link posted here might be helpful. Does he put weight on the leg or hold it up? Is he having balance issues? An injury to the leg mighr be a possibility. Mareks disease could be a possibility at his age, and if he was not vaccinated. You may want to crate him with his own food and water, and give some B complex daily, to force him to rest the leg.

I will see if my son will help me get a video and upload it for everyone.
His leg appears weak. When he falls it's on that leg. He does bear weight. Sometimes he walks a little hesitant. He'll run on it if he's startled, then he exhausts himself and falls over. I have some liquid B complex I can try.

We've been curious about Mareks however no one else has gotten it and we had come to the conclusion it was an injury from his brother that has been unable to heal. Every time he seems like he's feeling better something happens to exacerbate it. If he is all by himself in a crate he just isn't happy. We have a separate fenced area where he stayed by himself with a rescue bantam given to us. She stays around and they're just too cute together. Pardon my side story.
How much B Complex?
 

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Crush a 1/2 tablet of B complex and mix in with some food or put it in a spoonful of water. Riboflavin (B2) is helpful in leg problems in chickens. Do his toes curl under? As long as he isn’t being picked on, staying with the bantam hen sounds good.
 

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