Rooster losing his crow?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by xxSonja, Sep 25, 2010.

  1. xxSonja

    xxSonja Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 2, 2009
    What gives?
    My approx 12 month old Light Sussex rooster seems to be losing his crow.
    He use to have a beautiful loud deep crow, and just over the last couple of days he seems to have lost it. Its just a wheezing squeaky crow now.
    He also seems to be breathing fairly loudly too.
    Could he have strained himself competing with the younger boys? Or could it be something serious like a respiratory disease?
    Other than the crowing problem, he seems healthy as always.
    Sounds silly but could it have anything to do with him sleeping on the ground in a dirt hole instead of on the roost?
    What could i do to help him?
    Any ideas? Has anyone else had this happen?
  2. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

    Feb 15, 2010
    So. Cal.
    I'd be worried that he is coming down with something. I don't think roosting on the ground would cause it though. I haven't had that happen with my rooster but I don't think they get sore throats from crowing any more than a dog would get hoarse from barking too much.

    edited for clarification
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2010

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