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Possible problem with Rooster

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by EricaR, Mar 17, 2016.

  1. EricaR

    EricaR Hatching

    Mar 17, 2016
    Hi everyone,
    Just wondering if anyone can help. We have a rooster who up until about a week ago was perfectly fine, crowed multiple times a day, when he was walking in the yard, would strut, walk easily, mount the hens, etc.

    About a week ago, I noticed when they were walking around, he was having a hard time keeping up with the hens, would walk a few feet, then lie down with his wings supporting him. He was alert, keeping his eye on the hens, if they moved, he would get back up, walk a few feet, then lie back down. He also seems like he's winded, and he has not been crowing.

    My thoughts: he needs his spurs clipped. I'm currently trying to locate someone that could do this for me nearby, as this is our first experience with backyard chickens, and I'm afraid to hurt him clipping them myself before seeing someone show me the proper way. Could his spurs be interfering with him to this extent? They aren't crazy long, maybe stick 2-3" out on each leg.

    Also, they have a roost which he typically was on most of the time. It's a bit of a jump for him to get up there, but he and the hens didn't seem to have any problems up until this point. Is it possible that he injured himself hopping up there? He doesn't seem to be favoring a leg, both of his wings seem to be fine, he's just using them for balancing himself while lying down. But he hasn't been up on the roost since he started acting this way.

    Other than acting strangely, he appears healthy. He's not losing feathers, his crown and beak appear normal.

    Any insight or ideas would be greatly appreciated!

  2. Brookliner

    Brookliner Songster

    Mar 18, 2012
    Southern New Hampshire
    Look at the bottom of his feet. Is there a scab. Look up bumblefoot in the forum under diseases. (It is a foot infection).
  3. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Crowing

    Mar 19, 2011
    NW Oregon
    Bumblefoot would not cause short-windedness. The outstretching of the wings is also concerning. Do his wings droop when he walks at all?

    It sounds to me like a respiratory infection of some sort, or some other systemic issue.

    By all means check his feet in case he has a case of bumblefoot, but generally they limp, crow, and hop about (until the infection goes really deep).

    The panting and not crowing indicate something severe is going on with your fellow...so either systemic infection from bumblefoot or a respiratory/systemic illness.

    I'd put him in isolation, trim his spurs (which won't be causing the walking and panting issues unless they were so long he couldn't lift his feet), check for bumblefoot, and if that all looks good, consider putting him on some broad based antibiotics for CRD or MG checking for nasal discharge or signs of diarrhea. (Coccidiosis can also cause weakness and panting if it is advanced enough).

    My thoughts,

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