my rooster smells

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by cochunk, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. cochunk

    cochunk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 13, 2011
    our 7 month old serama rooster "django" since us getting him a little more then a month ago has always had a smell, we tried a bath once but that only lightened the odor. I just want to know if its something to be aware of or if thats just his manly musk.
  2. Chicken_Pauper

    Chicken_Pauper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2011
    Southern California
    My rooster does not smell in any particular way that I've noticed? I do get some "chicken poop" smells outside now and then, especially if it's damp or rains. But, other than that nothing I notice from the Rooster in particular.

    Has his food changed over the months since you've had him? Has the smell changed with his food? From what you are saying, he isn't sick at all... just has always smelled "bad"?

    Now, at 7 months have you wormed him? You have a flock, is he your only rooster? Are all your chickens the same age? Any other rooster, his offspring... do they smell bad as well? Do others, even hens of the same breed have an odor that is similar to his?

    Does the odor eminate from his body... or his crop and mouth? (Or his poop?)

    Use the search here on BYC to find more info on "do roosters have an odor", "worming with Valbazen", and whatever other symptoms or info you need. Sorry not to be able to be more helpful. Maybe someone else has more to input on this.

    Good luck.
  3. katie4

    katie4 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 19, 2011
    An unpleasantly "sweet" or rotten smell may indicate an abcess. Carefully look over every little inch of your rooster for injury. Be sure to fold the feathers back a little against the growth pattern to get a good look at the skin under the denser feathers. Also check out the gland near the tail that provides oils for the chickens when they preen. Maybe that's infected? I've heard/read that gland has to be removed if a chicken is butchered or it can impart "off" odors and flavor to the meat. I haven't had that experience first-hand so I'm only repeating what I've read.

    I wondered about the odor of one of my hens and didn't investigate. After noting some unusual wetness on her back I looked and found a nastily festered wound totally infested with some sort of nasty creepy-crawlies. I bought her from someone so she may have come to me with the wound and I didn't know enough to investigate it.

    Good luck.
  4. dragonlair

    dragonlair Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2008
    I have never noticed a smell from any of my roos, they smell just like any other chicken.

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