Rooster shivering with bloody comb

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by bswilson, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. bswilson

    bswilson New Egg

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    I opened up the coop this morning and discovered my normally aggressive and active rooster huddling in the corner shivering. He's got a bloody comb no obvious cut or scratch. The blood seems to be coming mostly from the "crotch" between 2 tips. I brought him inside, cleaned it up, and sprayed some antiseptic on it. I gave him an inspection and nothing else seems amiss, but he won't stop shivering.

    It's been just barely hitting below freezing lately, so I suppose it's possible that it's frostbite, but we've had roosters with frostbite before and this seems different.

    Any tips? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    Hard to say. Could be an attack from something?
    Best choice is to keep him warm, 70-80 degrees, quiet and well fed/watered.
     
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    I'd personally isolate him from the other birds, as other chickens often pick a the color red. You can put some antibiotic ointment (with no painkillers or "caine" ingredients) on the comb, too.
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    Is he ill? A sick rooster will be picked on by other chickens, even the hens. Respiratory illnesses will also cause chilling and shivering. Maybe a predator such as a rat or weasel got in and injured him. Lots of scenarios.
     
  5. ten chicks

    ten chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Keep him warm,when ill/injured/shock chickens cannot regulate their body temp,that is why additional heat is required. Clean wound,give electrolytes for shock/stress. Make sure he is eating/drinking,most important for him to be drinking as chickens become dehydrated very fast.
     

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