Rooster acting drunk?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Kiwi Chicky, Nov 20, 2009.

  1. Kiwi Chicky

    Kiwi Chicky Songster

    Jul 18, 2009
    Te Awamutu, NZ
    I have a barred rock Roo, unsure of his age but he's a pretty big boy.

    He's walking abit unsteady, when stopping to peck he sometimes has to stop himself from falling over.

    When hubby tried to catch him he fell over trying to run away.

    Last night when I went to check on the broodies, he was sleeping in the hay on the ground, not up on the perch with the other girls.

    It looks like he may have a scratch healing on his comb.

    Any ideas on whats wrong with my Roo?

  2. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

    Jan 11, 2007
    See if you can obtain a general poultry vitamin supplement and give him that.
    Go to the drugstore or other place that sells human supplements and look for a COMBO gel tab of vitamin E/selenium ... > make sure the amount of selenium does not exceed 50 micrograms ...
    p r i c k open the tab and squeeze out the contents and give that in the beak (if he does not allow this then mix it in with a wee bit of cooked human oatmeal and feed it to him)
    Do that once a day for three days then once a week four times (this is in addition to the general poultry supplement)
    Have you ever wormed him?
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2009
  3. ella

    ella Songster

    Yes sounds like malnutrition. It can happen really quickly when they're molting.
  4. Kiwi Chicky

    Kiwi Chicky Songster

    Jul 18, 2009
    Te Awamutu, NZ
    Well he seems to be getting worse.
    Every time he tries to walk he falls over.
    I had to help him into the shed today.

    I haven't tried a vitamin yet but will pick some up tomorrow.

    I didn't even think about malnutrition, they get a quaility layer pellet and a chook chow mix full of grains and mollasses and grit.
    They also have a good size area to run around in.

    Hubby gave him a dose of antibiotics tonight so I guess we'll have to wait and see how he is n the morning.

    Fingers crossed [​IMG]

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