Rooster lost his voice-should I worry?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Tam'ra of Rainbow Vortex, Jun 15, 2010.

  1. Tam'ra of Rainbow Vortex

    Tam'ra of Rainbow Vortex Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2009
    Rogue Valley, S. Oregon
    My dear BLRW roo, Crimson, has lost his voice.
    He seems healthy, alert, active, and puzzled and frustrated. Our noisier roo crows a lot, but Crimson can now only make a quiet squeaky noise. He cannot even cluck. His voice started out hoarse last week, and now he sounds just like I did when I lost my voice-air is the only thing coming out. For a few weeks, maybe as much as 2 months, he has occasionally made a prolonged, high-pitched 'scream' which seems intentional. He would stand very tall and perfectly still and whistle like a tea kettle in the other room. How he had enough air to carry on so long I still don't know. The others would ignore this, mostly. He was still making as much 'normal' noise as ever when he began this.
    I am puzzled.
    I don't mind him being mute- I didn't mind him crowing either- I am just worried about him. I like him, and want him to be ok.
    Is there anything that can cause a rooster to go mute that I should worry about? Like I said, he seems fine otherwise. Everyone else is ok too.
  2. feathersnuggles

    feathersnuggles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2009
    I don't have a roo [​IMG] - but I have read some posts where people say it can be a temporary condition. I've copied a link below. Otherwise, I'd keep a close eye on him and see if he develops any other symptoms that would be serious, like respiratory problems, lethargy or gasping (like in gapeworms).

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