Rooster with possible circulatory issue?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by PaintedFeathers, Oct 20, 2013.

  1. PaintedFeathers

    PaintedFeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I have had a rescued rooster for about a month now. He had really bad leg mites and he has, what I thought, was a respiratory issue. His comb turns purple and he occasionally open mouth breathes. I have tried tylan, vetrx, natural herbs and spices (oregano and ginger) and now he's on duramycin. No change. It looks like he has something blocking his left nostril and someone suggested his comb is too large and is squishing his nostrils. But I was just bathing his and I noticed, before I started blowdrying him his comb was purple. When I was finished it was a nice bright red? Which got me thinking maybe he has trouble regulating his body temperature. Then It got me thinking, he also has trouble with his legs which I had been attributing to his leg mites. He lifts them up really high when he walks and holds them up a lot like they are cold. He also can't perch well or grip well and curls his toes a lot. Could this "respiratory issue" really be a circulatory issue and he's having a hard time keeping himself warm? He doesn't have any other respiratory disease symptoms, it was just the purple comb and gasping for air. Luckily he's a little guy, just a bantam barred rock, so it isn't like his heart has to pump blood to this huge chicken. Any thought are much appreciated! He has two girlfriends waiting for him outside, but I want to make sure it isn't anything contagious first. I've looked up every chicken respiratory issue nder the sun and it doesn't sound like any of them.
     
  2. Lacrystol

    Lacrystol Hatching Helper

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    What about worming him? Have you tried that?
     
  3. ten chicks

    ten chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Explain "open mouth breathing" chickens do open their beaks and do a stretching motion with neck,they are adjusting their crop. Discoloration of comb can mean nothing,and then again it could indicate circulatory issues. I have never heard of a "too large comb" squishing nostrils,pay no attention to this. Does his comb stay purple or occasionally has purple/bluish tips? Their tips do occasionally take on a dark color if they are excited(hormonal)cold,nervous,etc. I have personally seen this in my roosters when they get over excited.

    Are the mites gone,and are scales on leg healthy looking? His walking funny could be a result of the leg mites,depends on how sever they were and if any damage was done. Explain he cannot "perch well" what type of roost do you have,is it too high for him to reach?
     
  4. PaintedFeathers

    PaintedFeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When he gets over exerted he gasps for air. His comb will sometimes just be purple at the end and sometimes be almost completely purple. The mites are gon, but his legs were pretty damaged. They are healing very well though and all new skin is growing back.
     

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