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Sebright bantam behaving strangely

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Jen Saayman, Feb 21, 2016.

  1. Jen Saayman

    Jen Saayman Out Of The Brooder

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    Please help. I have a 5 month old Sebright rooster. In the past week he's started to behave really strangely. He keeps on whipping his beak on the ground, shaking his head, losing his balance and his breath smells like poo. He's also constantly opening his beak. His chest sounds clear, his eyes aren't watery but he does sneeze a little.
    He's still eating and drinking and giving the dog up hill.
     
  2. murphyfarm

    murphyfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does he have grit with him? The problem could be that his food isn't getting digested properly. Or he might have a respiratory illness.
     
  3. Jen Saayman

    Jen Saayman Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes he gets supplement grit. Not sure if I'm giving him enough. His chest sounds clear.
     
  4. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Do you have any photos? A video of his actions may be helpful.

    What kind of food/treats do you feed? (you can leave grit out for him free choice)
    How often is he sneezing?
    What type of bedding?
    Is he in a run or free range?
    Have you looked in his mouth/throat - any redness, swelling, canker, lesions?
    What does his crop feel like?

    By your description and without more info, best guesses: while his chest may sound clear, respiratory illness can exhibit many different types of symptoms. Sneezing is one of them. With the "breath smelling like poo" it sounds like possible sour crop or respiratory illness.
    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044
    http://www.tillysnest.com/2012/01/crop-issues-html/
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2014/06/chicken-anatomy-crop-impacted-crop-sour.html

    Just my opinion[​IMG]
     
  5. Jen Saayman

    Jen Saayman Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi
    I went to speak to an old man who owns a pet shop today. I've been told he's got more experience than the avian vet. He said with our heatwave weather we've been having most likely respiratory. He's recommend dosing him once a day on Lugol iodine. So going to give that a try. Will also look up the sour crop. Can't see too much in his throat. Looks like there is something grey there but that might be the colour of his throat.
    Will report back in a few days if the iodine help's.
     
  6. Jen Saayman

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    Oh he's free range mostly lives in my husbands study and sleeps on the patio at night. Right now he's trying to get into the shower with my son [​IMG]

    He gets chicken feed and then also fresh corn and other veggies. He loves cheese and fruit.
     
  7. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Didn't even think of asking about your weather? Was thinking about the US weather right now, which is cold and not hot weather elsewhere.
    I'm glad you found someone to talk with about your Little Fella. Please do report back how the iodine works, whether good or bad and how you administered it (direct dosing, in water, etc.)
    He sounds like a character! Hope he feels better soon.
     
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2016

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