Rooster still weak, but eating a lot

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chicklinz, Oct 22, 2011.

  1. Chicklinz

    Chicklinz Out Of The Brooder

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    My rooster has been ill for about a month now. It has been a very slow decline, yet he is still eating a lot and drinking as normal. He is very skinny though. I gave him wazine about 3 weeks ago thinking he had worms. With no improvement after a week I started him on duramycin. Still no improvement. His poop is of a normal consistency and is a greenish brown color. He is just very very weak. He stumbles around and looses his balance easily. I gave him a bath. I've put vaseline on his legs just in case he had mites, I also put oil in his ears in case he had mites in there. I don't see anything on him. His comb is red and his eyes look normal. Does anyone have any idea what could be wrong with him? If he had a bacteria infection would his poop look normal? He was gaping when I got home from work. He did it a couple of times. He hasn't done it before, so I am not sure if this was just a fluke thing or not. I was hoping I could help him without taking him to a vet as it will be expensive. I don't have a vet who specializes in birds or chickens etc...so he is considered "exotic". I may have to take him in though since I just can't stand seeing him suffer. I want to help him! He has always been a favorite (very sweet nature) [​IMG]
     
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Wazine only gets rid of roundworms. After 14 days you should worm him again with a broad spectrum wormer- I believe it's Valbazen you want. I use different products, so I am not really familiar with these wormers. He could still be loaded with worms, just not roundworms.
     
  3. coltssuperbowl83

    coltssuperbowl83 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    is he molting?
     
  4. Chicklinz

    Chicklinz Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes he is molting. Would that make him weak enough for him to have balance issues?
     
  5. tigerrrrrrrlilly

    tigerrrrrrrlilly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mites and lice can live on his body, not just feet and ears, have you tried dusting him with sevin dust?
     
  6. Chicklinz

    Chicklinz Out Of The Brooder

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    Well I bought some poultry spray that is harmless to chickens but kills mites, lice, and fleas. I sprayed him with that. I have dusted the coop with Sevin. I sprayed the walls with orange guard. I gave him a bath too. I looked through his feathers and didn't see anything there. I am pretty sure it isn't mites. I just don't see any evidence of them anywhere.
     

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