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Rooster feet - now losing toes!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by heydeej, May 9, 2011.

  1. heydeej

    heydeej Out Of The Brooder

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    My EE roo has started roosting in the nesting box. When I take him out and put him on the roost, he seems to have trouble holding on. His feet may have a problem?
    Here is a pic of him last year when his legs and feet were EE green/black:

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    and here are some images of him now:

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    His toes are black, with a yellowish band that seems to designate a difference between what may be healthy vs unhealthy areas?
    Could he have gotten Frostbite from winter?

    I've also noticed his comb is pale.
    I have added electrolytes to the water bowl and started giving watermelon. )The tractor supply guy thought he might not be getting enough water. [​IMG])

    He isn't acting any different during the day. Just has started roosting in the nesting box and won't budge when I try to shoo him out. I have to pick him up and carry him out to the roosting area.
    He does have some very bright yellow poop "skid marks" in the feathers around his butt, if that means anything.

    I have checked out the "poop chart" and have done a search here about rooster feet before posting this. Nothing I have read seems to match this.

    Any ideas? [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: May 12, 2011
  2. BooBear

    BooBear Chicken Cuddler

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    I do not know but will bump incase someone else can help.
     
  3. dawg53

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    I recommend you pick him up and inspect him closely for lice/mites. I can see the difference in the pics. Yellow runny poop could indicate a possible bacterial infection. I recommend taking a fecal sample to a vet and have it checked for worms...they will also let you know if the slide is loaded with cocci or not. It shouldnt cost much to have the sample looked at under a microscope by a vet tech.
     
  4. heydeej

    heydeej Out Of The Brooder

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    I can see how parasites would affect his poop and comb, but his feet too?
     
  5. heydeej

    heydeej Out Of The Brooder

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    ok, so I'm thinkin the foot thing might be frostbite cuz he has started losing toes! he lost his spur yesterday, and a toe today. the other one can't be far behind...
    geez. do I put him down or let it go? I guess he could hobble on what's left, but I hate for him to suffer...
    The other thought is, considering the pale comb and yellow poop, does he have an infection? Would it be safe to eat him? so many questions....

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  6. Miyashi

    Miyashi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There's a post in the online chicken show section for less than perfect birds. Some roo's with no toes...some roo's with backwards feet....one who rolls around in a cart!
    My D'uccle has the same issue. He lost a toe 2 days ago and I'm sure the others are close behind. He has been sleeping in a nesting box...but only because my boyfriend and I encouraged it. He's the family favorite and he'll be a house chicken if life in the coop doesn't work out after all this. I think he'll be fine though. I think yours will be okay too! Yours seems to have more toe left than mine, so if mine is okay, I'm very confident yours will do just fine!
    Best of luck to your bird (and you of course!) He's very pretty! <3

    **And yes, I came to the frostbite conclusion as well. He was fine all winter, but around the time the cold started to actually do it's stupid snap back and forth crap was when it happened.
     
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  7. Miss Lydia

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    you should treat the open wound with Blue-kote or vetricyn to keep infection from starting and the other birds from pecking on him. they are drawn to blood.
     
  8. heydeej

    heydeej Out Of The Brooder

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    omg thanks for the words of encouragement. I'd hate to lose my gay rooster. (he doesnt crow or act "roo")
    blue-cote going on right now.

    do you think his pale comb and yellow poo is related to this?

    p.s. Lydia are you near Advance, NC? I have family there.
     
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  9. Miyashi

    Miyashi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't say...my roo's and a few of my hens (RIR and the Black Sexlinks) got some mild frostbite over the winter and their combs were pale for sometime, but they got better, quickly.
    How long has his comb been like that?
    I don't know about the poop....I find that their "movements" change so often depending on what they are eating.
    What's his diet like?
     
  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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