RIR rooster lethargic, wasn't eating.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Carlos Viagra, May 4, 2017.

  1. Carlos Viagra

    Carlos Viagra Out Of The Brooder

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    This is our family's rooster, Brutus. He looks after our 4 hens, and he's very friendly.
    About 3 weeks ago I noticed he sneezed once or twice, then he became less active, and seemed like he wasn't eating or drinking. Then he didn't leave the coop when I opened the door in the afternoons to let the free range. I added the prescribed dosage of worm meds to his water and gave him a warm bath. (He fell asleep in the bath and I had to hold his head above the water. I'm unsure if that was from being so sick or if he just enjoyed it so much.)

    I went to the local Co-op where the guys working there acted as if I was foolish for trying to get medicine for him. They didn't have an answer until I pressed on and on. The only thing they could recommend, as they passed me off to the 'new guy' working there as part of some kinda joke, was for horses? It's Red Cell Iron-rich homogenized selenium biotin. I added 1 oz to one gallon of water.

    Fast forward to today, he's eating and drinking, moving around just a little. He crows in the mornings, but it's not up to his usual volume. I can walk up to him and catch him, before this happened he was always way too quick for me. Now he is limping on his left leg, and he's off balance. I thought he was getting better, and he did for a few days, now it seems he's not over it yet...

    What do you all recommend here?

    Thank you very much!!
     
  2. daxigait

    daxigait Overrun With Chickens

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    There are far more experienced people than me, but have you read about mysoplasma (two types synoviae and gall.) and did you hear k for bumble foot and mites on that leg? Does he sound congested?
     
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  3. Carlos Viagra

    Carlos Viagra Out Of The Brooder

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    He doesn't sound congested and I checked him over for mites, didn't see any. His appetite is getting better but he mostly sits in the shade. His leg is in pretty bad shape from the way he's limping and holding his foot up off the ground a lot.
    He also doesn't hold his tail feathers up anymore the way proud roosters do, they kind of hang low and almost drag the ground. I can really tell he feels lousy, just have no idea what to do in order to make him feel setter.
     
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  4. daxigait

    daxigait Overrun With Chickens

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    @ChickenCanoeAny suggestions?
     
  5. KikisGirls

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    Look at the bottom of his foot.
    Is it swollen?
     

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