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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chelseymandel, Sep 14, 2014.

  1. chelseymandel

    chelseymandel New Egg

    Sep 14, 2014
    Hi everyone!
    I'm new here my name is chelsey and I am from saskatchewan canada! A couple days ago I noticed that my barred rock rooster who is a couple months over a yr old started crowing really weakly and quietly. I watched him and he seemed alright but this morning when I let him out it was almost like he couldn't get his balance properly he would walk a bit and then stumble and had his head and tail down... what's wrong with him? I should also mention that my chickens get ground oats once per day and for the rest of the time they free range. Any ideas?
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Sorry about your rooster. Do you know if he has been vaccinated for Mareks disease? Mareks can cause stumbling and drunkenness like actions. I am really not sure here. You will want to post this in our emergency section for more help with your boy... https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/10/emergencies-diseases-injuries-and-cures

    I hope someone there can help you get him back to good health soon. :)
  3. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    X2 sounds like it may be Mareks. Defiantly post in the emergency area. Two Crows gave you the link.
  4. chelseymandel

    chelseymandel New Egg

    Sep 14, 2014
    Thank you I posted it there!
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] We're glad to have you.

    I'm sorry to hear about your rooster! I hope all the good people on the Emergencies forum help you out!
  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    I'm sorry about your rooster! [​IMG] I'd definitely post this in the emergencies section; hopefully people there can help!
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Sorry about your roo, hope he is OK.
  8. LIChickens

    LIChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2014
    Long Island, NY
    Welcome to BYC!

    You will find a lot of good information here. Keep on asking questions and you will get many good answers.

    You may also want to read the FAQ below.

    Sorry about your rooster.
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Are the oats and free ranging the ONLY foods they eat? He (and others eventually) may have nutritional deficiencies - feed manufacturers speed big bucks giving chickens the nutrients they need for certain stages of their life. Oats and bugs, aren't the same. I hope your rooster doesn't have Mareks. If he has nutritional deficiencies that can be remedied.

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