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Older rooster and younger guinea have trouble walking. PLease help!!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chicken_angler, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. chicken_angler

    chicken_angler Coop Constructist

    Jun 23, 2008
    a house

    I have an older RIR rooster that is probably four years old. I got him and four hens for free in October off of craigslist.

    They were all fine except they had a little bit of frostbite.

    Well one hen died this winter from frostbite. The rooster has scaley leg ( i think) and one hen has a very large butt. Lol It is all puffed and bare. I put this purple stuff on it. Sorry I forgot the name. Lol It helps with feather loss and pecking.

    Anyways, the rooster developed this problem about a month ago.

    He could barley walk soI put him in a big dog housee that has four inch thick walls.

    I kept him in there for about two weeks and he seemed to get better. I reintroduced him to my flock and he seemed fine then too. I just noticed yesterday morning that my female guinea has trouble walking now. She is not very old and has never been sick that i know of.

    Is there anything that I should do to help them?

    Will they be okay?


    Last edited: Apr 13, 2009

  2. chicken_angler

    chicken_angler Coop Constructist

    Jun 23, 2008
    a house
    Is there anything I can do to help them with their problem?


  3. chicken_angler

    chicken_angler Coop Constructist

    Jun 23, 2008
    a house
    Would someone at least let me know if there is a problem in their legs? I cant wait forever.

    Sorry to be pushy but it seems like the emergency the=reads get ignored and everyone goes to the games. lol

  4. chicklips

    chicklips Songster

    Apr 4, 2009
    St. Johns, MI

    Sorry to hear about your flock, itseems as if they are having a hard time right now. I cannot make to many suggestions since I am rather new at this and I have not encountered these problems. If the seclution helped for the rosster it may help for the other one. Are there any sores on their feet or legs? Is another bird picking on them? Has anything changed?

    Also try to do a search of this board, I just did one and thought some of the info could help.
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2009
  5. chicken_angler

    chicken_angler Coop Constructist

    Jun 23, 2008
    a house
    The only sore of any sort I can find is one the rooster. There is like a piece of his skin of his foot is gone. I think it was like a scale that flaked off. I dont thinks it hurts him but you never know!

    As for putting him back in the dog house I have, I am currently working on getting the run finished. I got a dog kennel for free off of craigslist and I am putting it up by that dog house to turn into another coop!

  6. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    The rooster could have contracted something and lived through it be become a carrier.... or possibly it is botulism. Could be one of many things and it is impossible to say for positive without a necropsy. Also wanted to ask... is the hen with the large swollen bottom laying ok?
  7. Cody, I`m not sure about the remedy here, but the scaley leg should be treated. If it`s bad enough for you to see, then it is real bad and probably painful for the cock. Guineas are hard to handle, usually, but must be treated as well as all the chickens and their roosts. Any kind of oil will drown leg mites with only a couple applications, about 2 weeks apart. I`ve found that WD40 is easy to apply as it can be sprayed. Be sure to put it on heavy and rub it in as best you can. Good luck with the walking problem. One can only hope that it is attributed to the leg mites.......Pop

  8. Cody,
    I'm so sorry to hear about your Roo. I now how frustrating and sad it is to want to ddo domething but not know how.
    If he has scaley leg mites it will hurt him to the point of not walking. Search under scaley legmites and you should find a lot of info on it, if not follow what Lollipop wrote and get the roo taken care of.
    Maybe the female guinea has it too. Does her legs look flakey or as if the scales are raised up from the leg or feet? if it seems like it treat her as well. Do you think they have gotten too cold on their feet, as if they froze?
    I don't know how to help I am so sorry.

    Keep us updated and good luck,

  9. I agree about the mites and do you have any tincture of iodine for the rooster's foot?
    MINERAL OIL OR BAG BALM ARE GOOD FOR MITES, EVEN BABY OIL WILL HELP, and since it is cold, this should be used sparingly.

    You need to research bumblefoot, treatments for it and foot injury are about the same.
    Is he on clean bedding?

    It may be coincidental that the guinea is also having a similar problem but she needs to be checked (I know this will be difficult).

    Both of these birds need added warmth and isolation.
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2009
  10. chicken_angler

    chicken_angler Coop Constructist

    Jun 23, 2008
    a house
    I doubt that they got too cold because I have a 250 watt bulb running constantly for them. I will try my best to search up some more on leg mites and other things.


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