Rooster with drooping, awkward wing...broken or injured???

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by 77horses, Jul 4, 2010.

  1. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

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    I just recently noticed that my 156 day old (or about 5 months/about 22 1/2 weeks) rooster (born on January 29th, 2010) has had his right wing always held out/down (drooping), unlike his left wing. [​IMG] He has been acting normal and pretty healthy (besides being very light-weighted). Please refer to my other thread here about him being very light-weighted (in case his wing problem and that are related): https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=4460529#p4460529


    As a chick he was a runt (stunted growth due to an improper diet), but once he was on a better diet, his growth rapidly increased and he nearly caught up to what his size should have been at whatever age he was at. Due to his stunted growth, he has always been smaller than what he should be at his age, but still healthy overall. (Again, please read through the above thread for other information about his health history, diet, etc.!)

    He can hold his wing up high enough (it's not dragging on the ground or anything...) but it's not held up as high as his left wing. And when I was examining it, I noticed that with his left wing, like most chickens do, he kept pulling away and re-adjusting it (since they usually don't like it when you touch their wings). But with his right wing, he didn't pull away at all. It's like his right wing isn't as sensitive as his left one. [​IMG] He can flap it and everything, but he seems a bit more clumsy when jumping from one place to another (like from his perch or when I'm holding him) and he doesn't like jumping up to high places, such as his perch, which is why he often sleeps on the floor in the coop at night...but lately I've been just picking him up and placing him on the perch, since he doesn't like to jump up to it himself. I know he probably could if he wanted to, but he just doesn't want to. [​IMG]


    Someone said that he most likely has a bad heart (I mentioned in the above thread in the link that I posted that sometimes his comb turns slightly purple every once in a while, like once a month, and he becomes lethargic for a day, but gets over it by the next day). Could that be related to his awkward wing?

    I examined his wing and felt it over, thinking that maybe it was injured or even broken...I can't really feel anything (or see anything, when I move the feathers away) that looks like his wing is somehow injured, except I noticed that his right awkward wing seems to curve inward more, unlike his normal, straight wing on the left. [​IMG] And he holds it out more, rather than keeping it close to his body like the left wing...Overall, it doesn't noticeably seem to bother him, except for being a little more clumsy. He can walk just fine, he eats and drinks on his own, he's not showing any other signs of any illness (eyes are clear and bright, comb is not very pale, (although it was pale for a while until I started making sure he ate more food to gain more weight), his nostrils are clear, his droppings look normal, etc.). Any ideas? How can I help him? Should I be worried about his drooping wing? Will it recover on its own, whatever is wrong with it?


    Thanks and let me know if there is any other information I can provide that would help.
     
  2. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

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    Anyoonneee? [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  3. shellybean40

    shellybean40 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wish I had an answer for you, I just hate it when I don't get a response of some sort!!
     
  4. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

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    Quote:That's OK. Thanks for responding anyway. [​IMG]
     
  5. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

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    [​IMG] Still wondering why his wing is always like that...so far it's the same; hasn't changed at all. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  6. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

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    I believe Droopy wings usually mean its a respiratory Problem. Newcastle disease And AI Can also cause a blue comb. You didnt describe nasal discharge, but that doesnt have to be a symptom.

    Seeing as though he has had a purple comb, im going to say he had a previous heart condition that led into a respiratory disease, and can possible be cures with antibiotics , wich im looking up now.
     
  7. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

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    Quote:Thanks! If he does have a respiratory disease, would the other chickens in the flock be showing the same symptoms? Or if it was caused by a heart condition, would it not be contagious?
    Thanks again and I'm just hoping it's nothing life-threatening and something that is easily treatable! [​IMG]
     
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    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

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    Quote:Thanks! If he does have a respiratory disease, would the other chickens in the flock be showing the same symptoms? Or if it was caused by a heart condition, would it not be contagious?
    Thanks again and I'm just hoping it's nothing life-threatening and something that is easily treatable! [​IMG]

    For The Respiratory Diseases i think they are, there is no cure, and likely if he has it so does the rest of your flock. Wich is really fine because it only affects certain birds. I would separate him for a week or so with vitamins/electroylets to help his body.

    If he has a heart condition i just read asprin can help some forms of it, youd have to do a search to find out the dosage.

    Are you NPIP? They will rule out Ai And i think newcastle i have to doublecheck.
     
  9. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

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    Quote:Thanks! If he does have a respiratory disease, would the other chickens in the flock be showing the same symptoms? Or if it was caused by a heart condition, would it not be contagious?
    Thanks again and I'm just hoping it's nothing life-threatening and something that is easily treatable! [​IMG]

    For The Respiratory Diseases i think they are, there is no cure, and likely if he has it so does the rest of your flock. Wich is really fine because it only affects certain birds. I would separate him for a week or so with vitamins/electroylets to help his body.

    If he has a heart condition i just read asprin can help some forms of it, youd have to do a search to find out the dosage.

    Are you NPIP? They will rule out Ai And i think newcastle i have to doublecheck.

    What's NPIP??? [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  10. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

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    Quote:For The Respiratory Diseases i think they are, there is no cure, and likely if he has it so does the rest of your flock. Wich is really fine because it only affects certain birds. I would separate him for a week or so with vitamins/electroylets to help his body.

    If he has a heart condition i just read asprin can help some forms of it, youd have to do a search to find out the dosage.

    Are you NPIP? They will rule out Ai And i think newcastle i have to doublecheck.

    What's NPIP??? [​IMG] [​IMG]

    its a program that tests your chickens for two diseases ( AI And something else) . Here in Mass They do it for free, What State are you in? I could probably find you a number. You need to be NPIP Tested (they draw blood and determine if your clean from those results) and you need that to show your birds and technically to travel with them.
     

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