Rooster walking strangely: like a penguin, dragging tail feathers

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by rynac, Dec 6, 2014.

  1. rynac

    rynac Hatching

    Dec 6, 2014
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    I got this rooster recently who started walking like this after about three days. The lady I got him from said he was about 10 weeks old, so that would make him about 12 weeks now. I originally tried to simply integrate him with our hens, but I think he is too young as the hens were picking on him at night in the coop, and during the day he would stay in the enclosed area underneath. After I noticed him walking strangely, the next day I went out in the morning to let them out of the coop (they're free range in our backyard and closed up at night) and noticed he had pushed himself into a corner of a nesting box, which had him in a similar posture as how he walked. I had thought that maybe he had just been sleeping like that and stiffness or something was causing the walk, so I brought him in, gave him a bath to clean his tail feathers, then kept him in my room to see if he would get better.

    Despite all my pampering and chicken physical therapy over another 3 days he is still walking like this. I see no marks/scabs on his legs/feet nor does he seem to be in pain or be uncomfortable when poke/prod or bend his legs. He isn't lethargic at all and seems very alert and talkative. Anyone might know what is going on?
  2. Amina

    Amina Songster

    Jul 12, 2013
    Raleigh, NC

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