Rooster Shaking His Head

MotherOfChickens

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I've seen a lot of posts about roosters shaking their heads, and well, my boy has been doing this for some time now. I did treat him last week for sticktight fleas and I noticed today he still had a few on his comb but otherwise they are mostly gone. Is this head shaking most likely from the fleas?

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I've seen a lot of posts about roosters shaking their heads, and well, my boy has been doing this for some time now. I did treat him last week for sticktight fleas and I noticed today he still had a few on his comb but otherwise they are mostly gone. Is this head shaking most likely from the fleas?

TIA!
How did you treat the Sticktight fleas?
I'm like @oldhenlikesdogs I would suspect that if the fleas are not completely gone, then they may be the cause of some of the head shaking.
I would also look inside the ears to make sure they are clear of any mites or fleas.
Look through his feathers for lice/mites.

Do a crop check for several days to make sure his crop is empty first thing in the morning before he eats/drinks as well.
 

MotherOfChickens

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How did you treat the Sticktight fleas?
I'm like @oldhenlikesdogs I would suspect that if the fleas are not completely gone, then they may be the cause of some of the head shaking.
I would also look inside the ears to make sure they are clear of any mites or fleas.
Look through his feathers for lice/mites.

Do a crop check for several days to make sure his crop is empty first thing in the morning before he eats/drinks as well.

I use Permethrin. It kills the fleas instantly. I also cleaned out his coop and sprayed inside it and the ground.
 

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If you have photos of your rooster that would be great.

Did you pick of the fleas? From what I understand they can remain attached even when dead.
I would still recheck him thoroughly.
 

MotherOfChickens

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I'll have to get a video. He actually lives at my dad's. So I wont be able to get a video until this next upcoming weekend.

I didn't have to pick them off because I used a cotton swab to run the Permethrin on his comb and wattles and they died instantly and came off.

I'll check him over real good again next weekend.
 

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