Rooster walking slowly, laying down alot.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by johnsonfarm, Oct 11, 2013.

  1. johnsonfarm

    johnsonfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 17, 2012
    I have noticed over the past couple days that my OEG bantam rooster has been walking slowly/wobbley, almost hobbling along, and he likes to just lay down most of the time, instead of pecking around like the rest of the chickens. He doesn't even try to keep up with the flock, so he is alone most of the time. I tried catching him today and he kicked up his speed maybe one gear, but nothing like he normally does. No change in feed or bedding, free range during the day.
    Any ideas? Injury? Disease? Old age?
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Check the bottoms of his foot pads for swelling and a dark spot, which is a staph infection called bumblefoot. This can be treated by soaking or by doing surgery. He also may have sprained his leg jumping off a perch, so I might place him in a cage for a week with some vitamins in his water to rest the legs. After a week, let him out and see how he does.

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