Rooster standing around with wings down and sluggish

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by HeatherMarieR, Sep 22, 2015.

  1. HeatherMarieR

    HeatherMarieR Chirping

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    I have a Cochin Bantam rooster that is just standin around with his wings hanging down instead of held to his body. He's walking around, but not much, and he will eat. I picked him up to check him over, and the only thing I'm noticing is a toe missing on each foot, which I'm starting to think is a birth defect that I didn't notice when I bought him (another reason not to buy TSC chicks). I'm really worried about him, but I'm also worried that he's got something that's going to spread to my flock since they all free range together. Can anyone help me out with ideas? I haven't really delt with disease in chickens.
     
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    Could you post a picture of his toes and one of him standing? Did you get him the same time as your other chickens? I doubt if he was vaccinated for Mareks disease since he came from TSC. Can you give him some vitamins with electrolytes in his water? SaveAChick and Roster Booster are good brands. Drooping wings can be a sing of dehydration or a neurological sign. How old is he? I would worry a little about possible Mareks if he isn't dehydrated, but coccidiosis in younger birds can also look like that. Is he eating or is there any diarrhea or blood in his droppings?
     
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    I just left home so I can't post a picture. I will when I get home though. I have some rooster booster electrolytes and another brand that has more vitamins in it. I got several of my other birds at the same time as him. He's approximately 6 months old now. I'm not sure about the diarrhea or blood since he's free ranging, but I did put some food in from of him and he ate it.
     
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    Thanks! I was trying to read some about it earlier just in case.
     
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    Here's his feet. He won't stand now so I'm really worried. He wasn't limping earlier and he never has before. [​IMG]
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    I put some food in with him and he perked up real quick and stood up some. He's definitely still eating. His wings aren't drooping much right now, but his comb looks pretty pale to me. [​IMG]
     
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    Try to get him to drink so electrolyte water by holding a small cup up to his beak or giving it by dropper or syringe. Most chickens like feed mixed with water, so add some electrolyte water to a small amount of his feed.
     
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    Okay, thanks! I'll try that.
     
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    I wouldn't handle him too much all at once while you are trying to get him to eat and drink, but you should check his skin for tiny mites or lice. If he hasn't been wormed lately, give him some Valbazen 1/2-3/4 ml orally, and repeat in 10 days. Southern States and Rural King carry Valbazen, but if you can't find it, SafeGuard Liquid Goat Wormer or the Equine paste is good, but use 1 ml instead.
     
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