rooster seizure??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by corkychicks, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. corkychicks

    corkychicks New Egg

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    We received a full-grown rooster from a friend. He said the rooster walks, then falls over. I took him home and allowed him to walk in the yard for a couple of hours. He crowed, flapped his wings, walked around , ran, ate well, drank plenty of water and seemed to be in perfect health. After a few hours we put him in the coop/pen with the other chickens. He did fine for a while then suddenly fell to one side and started "break-dancing" flapping his wings and legs pushing his body in a circular motion on the ground. I've googled everything but cannot find any indication of what may be causing this. We have removed him and placed him in a separate cage by himself so we can observe him but now I am also very concerned about the other chickens should his condition be contagious. Please advise.
     
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  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    You should have quarantined him for about a month before putting him in with your birds. Unfortunately, if he has something contagious then your flock is likely infected with it, too. Fortunately, it sounds like he has a neurological problem that is probably not contagious. I have heard of chickens having seizures. They are generally treated the same way seizures are treated in most people/animals- phenobarbital. If you have the money, time, and inclination you can have him evaluated by a vet and get him a prescription for phenobarb. If you are not inclined to treat him, then he can probably live a good long time like this barring any falls from high places while seizing.

    Good luck.
     
  3. Hooligans7

    Hooligans7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our big BR rooster had been in excellent health for four years, then he started to fall over on occasion. He'd squawk, do a little "break dancing," then get up like nothing happened. He'd crow just like always, eat and drink normally and bed down with the girls in the coop at a night. We figured they were seizures and searched the Internet for information. I found that chickens can have seizures, which don't tend to be serious as long as they're brief and aren't associated with an infectious disease. I checked his stools and they were normal; he eyes were clear with no discharge, and there was no evidence of physical trauma.

    Unfortunately the seizures have been increasing in frequency and duration this month, and now he cannot stay upright for very long at all. As his legs go stiff he pushes back and "sits," then rolls completely over on his back and stays that way for a long time, sometimes 45 minutes to an hour. He blinks during these events, and usually one of his legs is extended and the other one is bent in a more natural position.

    Last night was the second night that he couldn't make it into the coop. The first night I put him in a dog cage and set it inside the secure run. The next morning I opened the cage and he was still lying on his back, but after an hour or so he got up on his own, walked outside and drank some water. But soon after he started having seizures again. He ate some scratch with the hens and seemed OK until the next seizure. Last night I had to place him in the cage again, and this morning he's still on his back, hasn't made any sound, and his right leg is extended and quivering. That's no way to live, and I seriously doubt he'll be able to get up at all today.

    I'm afraid I need to put him down, but it's very difficult to decide the quickest and most humane way, and I don't want to do it in front of the hens. I'm open to suggestions.
     
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  4. rhodered1

    rhodered1 New Egg

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    Omg! My ex has a beautiful Rhode Island Red Rooster and he called me 3 days ago panicked about "Bigfoot" having what looks like seizures and then loose stools. It seems to only occur at night.
    Now, he has an indoor area for Bigfoot at night. He works and lives on big farm and during day Bigfoot is safely in a fenced area with 2 other birds n some goats he is very fond of, but Bigfoot is DEAR to my ex and our daughter. He says Bigfoot eats n drinks alot right after these seizures. Anyone help us! I was kind of relieved to see others having similar probs. The Farm vet comes on Thursdays......
    Any help or advice??
     
  5. Hooligans7

    Hooligans7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This past May, my five-year-old BR rooster's seizures were getting worse and lasting longer until one day he was down more than he was up. The hens seemed to know that Buster was getting worse and gathered around him for a whole week, as if saying goodbye. During that time I had to place him in a crate every night since he couldn't walk without falling over. It was obvious that he wasn't ever going to recover, so on the day that he couldn't right himself at all, I arranged for my neighbor to pick him and dispatch him humanely.
    Life went on for the hens and they seemed to have accepted the loss of Buster better than me. He was a good rooster. RIP, Buster.

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