Problems with white roo, 9 wks old

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Carolyn, May 19, 2008.

  1. Carolyn

    Carolyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought my mixed flock at Rural King from Cackle. I think I have nearly all the breeds figured out and thanks to this site I must admit I am the proud owner of 5 hens out of 21 chicks. (all my barred rocks and all my buff orps are roos! Rats!)

    I have 5 white chickens that I was thinking could either be white rocks or leghorns. Today I noticed one of the white roos kinda panting, wanting to lay down and drooping his wings. However he still had a pretty good energy level. When I examined him his breast feathers where caked with dirt and very sparse. He is one of the bigger roos. We have had some very rainy weather and the coop got muddy in the open areas a few days ago. Although there was a dry roosting area and clean feeding area they still played out in the muddy section I cleaned him up and isolated him with some electerolytes in his water.

    My question: Could this be a cornish rock? He doesn't look chuncky enough for a cornish x rock. I've never raised them but thought both tended to have heart and other problems from the heavy breast area. And I also noticed pictures that looked like the breast feathers had gaps that showed skin.

    Weather here is low 70s with a nice breeze so I'm sure it's not a heat related issue.

    Sorry it's so long and thanks for your insight!
     
  2. SueNH

    SueNH Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old are they?

    You are going to have problems with that many roosters and so few hens. For the sake of the hens loose all but one roo.
     
  3. BasenjiFan

    BasenjiFan Out Of The Brooder

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    Do you have pics? [​IMG] It's easier for the wise ones on BYC (not me, lol) to help ID your bird with pics.
     
  4. Carolyn

    Carolyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are 9 1/2 wks old. Sorry no pic right now.
     
  5. fullhouse

    fullhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A white rock maybe?
     
  6. Carolyn

    Carolyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Will dual purpose breeds have breast area that shows skin for a 1/2 to 1 inch strip with no feathers in that area, just to the side of it? The skin itself looked fine, no sores, no irritation and no injury. It was in an area almost impossible to be picked at.

    He looks fine this morning but yesterday he looked like he was stressed: open mouth, breathing faster, drooping wing. As a nurse it made me think of some type of cardiac patient when they are kinda stressed but not in serious trouble then but rather an acute problem.

    He had a pretty good exam and there did not seem to be anything else wrong.
     
  7. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    *Watch him & RE-post his symptoms to the emergency board, C.
     
  8. Carolyn

    Carolyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think he is a white rock. He definitely seems better. Thanks to all.
    I know I need to get rid of the roos. Deciding who stays is the ??????
     

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