Off-balance Rooster

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by PioneerPrincess, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. PioneerPrincess

    PioneerPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 16, 2009

    1) What type of bird , age and weight.
    Cayenne, a Buff Minorca, is a little over two years old and weighs about 4 or 5 lbs

    2) What is the behavior, exactly.
    We notice he walks dizzily and he tries walking straight and turns in circles. When he drinks water, his head goes backward and touches his back. As he is doing this, he sits on his heels. Sometimes, when he is not moving, he shakes.

    3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms?
    He has been exhibiting these symptoms almost one week.

    4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms?
    He is the only one exhibiting symptoms.

    5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.
    There is none that we know.

    6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.
    We don't of anything that could have caused this.

    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.
    He loves to eat his scrambled egg and corn. He has troubles drinking all fluids.

    8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.
    His fecal matter looks normal. Two times on the first day, when we noticed he was having problems, only blood came out.

    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?
    We have been giving him Vitamin B, E, C and scrambled egg. We put a bowl of antibiotic drink (tetracycline) in place of water, but he was having trouble and wanted water instead. We have also put him in quarantine.

    10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?
    We would like to treat him ourselves.

    11) Describe the housing/bedding in use
    We put coastal hay in the nesting boxes.

    Thank you very much for your advice! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2010
  2. PioneerPrincess

    PioneerPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 16, 2009
    Does anyone have any ideas? [​IMG]
  3. Jferlisi

    Jferlisi i dont eat chicken!!!!

    Nov 2, 2010
    Menifee CA
    Sorry i dont know. I hope you get some help asap and can get him better.
  4. chkn

    chkn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2010
    One gal had some interesting ideas including an ear infection (I was thinking a round of antibiotics might be good):

    But here other things causing 'nervous symptoms', noted particularly Botulism:

    There seems to be a lot of botulism cases here right now because of problems with some of the feeds (MannaPro?). What are you feeding him, any bugs or clumps in the food bag, anything outside he could have gotten into?

    Might want to confine him and keep him comfortable for awhile. There is a epsolm salt and molasses type cleanse for botulism, you'll have to do a search here.
  5. Surehatch

    Surehatch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 16, 2009
    Will get one of my vet buddies on this
  6. PioneerPrincess

    PioneerPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 16, 2009

    Thank you for all your replies. We feed him the Big-V brand of corn and egg-pellets. We don't have poisoned or rotten food anywhere where that we know of. If he had botulism, wouldn't he be dead within a day or two of showing symptoms? [​IMG]

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