Rooster has me worried....

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ClareScifi, Sep 24, 2016.

  1. ClareScifi

    ClareScifi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My precious rooster, who turns 5 on Monday, God willing, has me worried. He has been shaking his head A LOT, sometimes scratching at his ear with his foot, and opening and closing his beak more than usual. This summer I had a problem with mites, but I think I got rid of them. He is feisty, and I sprinkled him with DE. He appears to be molting, which he does this time of year, but it seems to me more feathers are missing than in a regular molt and they are growing back in more slowly. What do you think could be his problem? Do chickens get ear mites? Should I treat him with some form of mectin? He is a lot less feisty acting than before, although I attributed this to his age, but I'm wondering whether he maybe doesn't feel up to par? What do you think?
     
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    ClareScifi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does it sound like he could have worms? The other 8 chickens (hens) he resides with seem fine. I turned them upside down in July and dusted them thoroughly with DE, but in the summer this rooster was still very feisty, and I was afraid to do more than sprinkle his back well with the DE, at night, and rub it in. Do you think he could have a respiratory infection from the DE?
     

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