Roo standing with his beak on the ground

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kstavert, Dec 7, 2014.

  1. kstavert

    kstavert In the Brooder

    I recently moved 5 birds from one coop into the
    new, enlarged chicken/duck run...

    the 5 birds - 4 hens and a roo - have been kept
    separate - yet able to see and "interact" with the
    rest of the flock for about a week.

    Yesterday, I opened the door so that the 5 could
    come out in the run if/when they wanted to....

    Daddy Roo - a VERY large New Hampsire Red -
    is extremely possessive of "HIS" flock....

    He and the new roo went many rounds ... it
    looked as if they were just tiring each other
    out.... didn't see any significant wounds....

    today, New Roo has spent the entire day in
    a coop - bent over, with his beak touching the
    floor.... all 4 of his ladies have been close by.

    Is there anything I can do for New Roo? is this
    'possibly a "self esteem thing"? I don't know
    that much about roo behaviours.

    I will appreciate any input/feedback and suggestions
    on how I can help my poor roo

  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    He is probably maintaining a low profile so that he doesn't get his butt kicked again. Make sure that he isw getting enough to eat and drink. It can be very difficult integrating a new rooster into an established flock containing a rooster.
  3. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress

    Sep 6, 2007
    Corydon, Indiana
    He may have hurt himself during the "fight". I had one that had a fight thru some chicken coop fencing, and he couldn't walk for 3 days.
  4. kstavert

    kstavert In the Brooder

    thank you... I'm keeping my eyes on him
  5. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Enabler

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    A picture may help. He could have limber neck or he could have wry neck or torticolis from a head or neck injury. It can also occur with a vitamin deficiency, with certain infectious diseases, or anything that can cause brain or spinal inflammation. Feeding and watering can be a problem, and they may need assisitance. Vitamin b1 (thiamine,) vitamin E, and selenium are usually given for treatment. Poultry Nutri-Drench and Poultry Cell vitamins are 2 that contain all 3 of those. Below are pictures of wry neck, and here are a couple of links to read:

    Last edited: Dec 7, 2014
  6. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Enabler

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Limberneck is neck paralysis that may be associated with botulism, Mareks disease, and other diseases in chickens. Knowing whether he has wry neck or has trouble holding up his neck would be helpful. Here is a link about botulism:

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    Limber neck or flaccid paralysis of neck due to botulism
  7. kstavert

    kstavert In the Brooder

    Thank you so much for all of this info....
    Actually, the top image is what my roo
    looked like for two days

    these poor babies look very sad... I hate
    when my birds are hurt or sick ;(

    I'm pretty sure that my roo is suffering
    a blow to his ego.... or something to
    that effect.....

    he's been upright for much of the afternoon....

    I kept hearing funny noises from the coop
    and went to investigate.... one of his ladies
    was standing beside him (his beak still on
    the floor) and she was making soft ...not
    quite clucking sounds... more like crooning...
    but light...anyway, I've never heard this
    before..... it sounded like encouragement ;)

    who knows....anyway, this poor roo had been
    king of his little domain for about 1 1/2 years
    and now, he's in with a whole mess of other
    birds - one of whom wants to beat his pants

    before they were tucked in for the night, the
    roo was standing up straight.

    This sort of begs another question.... about

    I hatched a whole bunch of eggs this Summer
    and the roos in the new hatch are becoming
    more obvious.... I now have between 8 and 12
    roos - Daddy Roo is 2 1/2 years old....

    when do you remove older roos and keep
    younger ones?

    what do you do with the "extra" roos you
    have if you hatch your own?


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