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Sick, lifeless roo.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Fatigue, Feb 28, 2017.

  1. Fatigue

    Fatigue New Egg

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    I just obtained a rooster that my neighbors, who I've known a long time and are known for not-so-animal-friendly feeding habits. Upon checking their run, in the back was a roo who was nodding off. None of their chickens are known for being tame so I picked him up and he fell out of consciousness. I honestly thought he died in my arms until patting him and his eyes opened for two seconds before going limp.

    I don't think I have ever walked home faster.

    I gave him water off a spoon and he drank and drank. Asked my chicken friend what she thought and she said "maybe sugar shock, try sugar water."

    He did well with that, and I also made some oatmeal that he took some notes out of and some stale lemon bread. He seems slightly more awake but he still sleeps constantly like a tug of war with staying awake and falling asleep.

    His crown is on fire hot. He pooped twice and both times it was practically pure water after I gave him some stuff.

    What do I do past this? All ten of my chickens are healthy, and I haven't gone near them. I literally made an account hoping someone could point me in the right direction.
     
  2. Fatigue

    Fatigue New Egg

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    I'm desperate. Our vet offices are closed. I can't even call.
     
  3. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    He's either suffering from malnutrition and your kindness and care will help him recover, or he's suffering from a serious disease and he will probably die in spite of your care. 24 hours from now, you will probably have your answer.

    If you have Gatoraid, give him that. He can use the electrolytes. Keep on offering the oatmeal. Boiled egg is a good idea, too.

    Get some baby vitamins or better, Poultry Nutridrench. He needs nutrients.

    Whatever you do, keep him away from your flock. Wash your hands well after handling him and do not wear the same shoes and clothes when attending to your chickens after handling this roo.

    Keep us updated and maybe we can provide more help.
     
  4. Fatigue

    Fatigue New Egg

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    Thank you. He sounds like he's snoring. It's a dry rasp. He's hard asleep now. I hope it's just snoring and not respitory.
     
  5. SusanMarieYork

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    Go to Tractor Supply and get him an antibiotic. They have Terra vet 10 on the shelf its tetracycline, its about $5.
     
  6. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    If you can get an antibiotic, get it. Pick up the Poultry Nutridrench while you're at it. Snoring does sound like a respiratory issue. If he does have a respiratory virus, even if he pulls through, he will be a carrier for life and you absolutely must not put him with your flock or they will get it, even after he's well.
     
  7. Fatigue

    Fatigue New Egg

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    Good morning. I'm wondering if maybe this is Botulism. His feathers don't fall out though. Your opinion? He has stopped eating the oatmeal and even the lemon cake, which he was very interested in prior. The nearest Tractor Supply is 80 miles away from me, and our feed store doesn't carry it. I figure ordering it online would be too late. I may consider spending vet money on a chicken that wasn't mine to start with, but I'm growing attached to. I wish people would take care of their babies so this wouldn't happen.
     
  8. Fatigue

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    I wrote that before I went to bed last night and my phone just sent it. He is alert and standing and walking around, and upon putting him outside and walking with him, he pecked at some scratch I had thrown out. Fingers crossed he does good.
     

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