Rooster shakes head frequently

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kuntrychick, Oct 23, 2011.

  1. kuntrychick

    kuntrychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My RIR rooster (not sure how old he is but I've had him a little over 2 years) does this head shaking thing. Is it something to be concerned about?

    He doesn't seem lethargic or anything...acts normal...eating, drinking, mating, etc. Although, a couple of times I have seen him standing with his eyes closed for a brief moment, but then right back to business.

    He is such a nice roo & wonderful gentleman to the hens, I don't want anything to happen to him.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

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    Do a search on Gape worm. Basically I would treat with Ivermectin.
     
  3. magicpigeon

    magicpigeon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:X2
     
  4. kuntrychick

    kuntrychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I will look that up. I can buy Ivermectin at TSC, right? How to treat with it ...does it go in water or on him somewhere or what? & how much of a dose? Do I treat the rest of my chickens too? Thx
     
  5. kuntrychick

    kuntrychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmm...I don't see him gasping for air or anything. I also don't see him throw his head forward & backward. He looks as if he's shaking his head "no". I have noticed that a few of the points on his comb looks a little purpleish.
     
  6. magicpigeon

    magicpigeon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any discharge from his nose? [​IMG]
     
  7. kuntrychick

    kuntrychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry...duplicate post
     
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2011
  8. kuntrychick

    kuntrychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Haven't noticed any, but will check more thoroughly tomorrow.
     
  9. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Quote:It is NOT gapeworm, and I doubt it's a respiratory issue. He could be losing feathers in or around his head/neck area due to molt and could be unseen to you...that subtle. Inspect him for lice/mites as well. It's possble he could have ear mites. A couple of drops of vegetable oil from an eyedropper into his ears will smother the mites, repeat a couple more times a week apart if necessary.
     
  10. Hannah Jesenko

    Hannah Jesenko Out Of The Brooder

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    This is going to sound like a dumb question, but where are the ears on a chicken, I know where the earlobes are, but where is the acctual ear?
     

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