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Please help pet rooster sick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by csjones48, Dec 27, 2013.

  1. csjones48

    csjones48 New Egg

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    I have a rooster that is about 2 yrs old. He's a mixed breed rhode island red and something. About 3 mos. ago he was very sick. Wouldn't lift his head and was drooling. I nursed him back to health with antibiotics, hand feeding and using a syringe with water for his drinking. Since his illness he will not crow and seems to be short of breath. He is wheezing and sneezing. I need help. I'm very attached to him and am afraid he is getting sick again. I give him vitamins in his water and he is isolated from the other chickens.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. There is a disease such as botulism or limberneck that will cause a chicken to not be able to lift it's neck, and comes from eating decayed vegetation, animal or fish carcasses, or maggots. Some die, but many recover. Then there is aspergillosis that comes from eating mold in the yard, in feed, and from molded litter that has gotten wet. They lose their voice and have respiratory symptoms like you describe. There is not much treatment for either disease, but it could also be a chronic respiratory disease. Here is more about the 2 diseases:
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/diseaseinfo/19/botulism
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/diseaseinfo/7/aspergillosis
    http://msucares.com/poultry/diseases/disfungi.htm
     
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    csjones48 New Egg

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    Thanks for the feedback. I will look at these sites. Is there anything I can do for chronic respiratory disease?
     
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