Sick Pale Rooster

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ol-jswartz, Oct 16, 2014.

  1. ol-jswartz

    ol-jswartz Out Of The Brooder

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    This rooster had been in a smaller pen that didn't get lots of direct sunlight. So when I integrated him into my main chicken yard I wasn't overly concerned about his pale comb face and waddles, But its been probably 3 months since I moved him and his paleness hasn't improved. He is about 18 months old and going through his first adult molt. The only rooster in the pen. He is eating and drinking well. No signs of external parasites. None of the other chickens have any problems like his.
    I would appreciate any input I can get.
    Here are some pics of Lucky. I included a pic with the hens so you can see the contrast in comb color to the hens.
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  2. Hilacraft

    Hilacraft Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like your rooster is beginning molting or is molting. It is normal for chickens to get a pale face when they are molting.
     
  3. ol-jswartz

    ol-jswartz Out Of The Brooder

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    He has been that pale since back in the summer.
     
  4. Hilacraft

    Hilacraft Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Was he molting in the summer?
     
  5. ol-jswartz

    ol-jswartz Out Of The Brooder

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    No, He just started about 2 weeks ago.
     
  6. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    I would double check him for mites, since the chicken mite only comes out in the dark of night from crevices in the coop. They can cause anemia. Pale combs are pretty common during a molt. Also worms can also cause anemia. I would use Valbazen or Safeguard Goat Wormer to worm him, and get some Poultry Cell by Rooster Booster to treat him with vitamins and iron. Most TSC stores have it, and it is sold online. Here are 3 good links on mites:
    http://anrcatalog.ucdavis.edu/pdf/8162.pdf
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/mites-lice-treatment-and-prevention
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/08/poultry-lice-and-mites-identification.html
     

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