sick rooster, help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by affacat, Sep 21, 2011.

  1. affacat

    affacat Out Of The Brooder

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    about 4 months old.

    he seemed just a bit lethargic this morning. i was worried about him, my wife just thought he was tired.

    now... he's making a couple odd gargling sounds. he's drooling a bit. and most obviously, his head is shaking. he's sitting (but he always sits). now he's making more noise than he was... just odd sounding.

    what should i do?!!? i love this guy.
     
  2. Ksane

    Ksane Overrun With Chickens

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    Well....could be choking on something, hold him gently upside down for 30 seconds or so. He could have something stuck in his crop also, try massaging his crop and give him a few drops of veg oil. It could also be sour crop, check for a bad smell in his mouth.
     
  3. affacat

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    his comb is red.

    his crop feels... odd... like, mushy and big. normally it seems to be a bit tighter.

    his breath might be sour? not extremely so.

    he's semi-limp.
     
  4. affacat

    affacat Out Of The Brooder

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    when you say veg oil do you mean olive? canola?
     
  5. Ksane

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    Do hold him gently upside down and massage his crop. I don't even know for a fact if that's what you're "supposed" to do. But I do know they'll throw up if you do that and it sounds like that may be what he needs. He sounds very sick. It could be something that's been coming on for awhile now.
     
  6. affacat

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    omg. help.

    i held him upside as you suggested and it was like turning a faucet on --- water ran out of him for like 10-15 seconds. lots.

    and now he's ABSOLUTELY limp. on his side. cant even sit.
     
  7. Ksane

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    Quote:Olive oil or vegetable oil would be fine. I'm not an expert by any stretch of the imagination. I'm hoping someone else will jump in here.
     
  8. affacat

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    i think he might have died. oh man. not sure yet
     
  9. Ksane

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    You *want that stuff out of him if he's got a crop problem. It does sound like he may've been sick for some time. Just hold him up and see how he does. Is he congested? It could be a respiratory infection gone on too long.
     
  10. affacat

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    oh this is terrible. his crop now feels completely empty but i think holding him upside killed him. he's still warm, but i just can't tell for sure.
     

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