sick rooster

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by oscar 1102, Jan 11, 2014.

  1. oscar 1102

    oscar 1102 Out Of The Brooder

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    we have a rhode island red rooster, since the freezing cold temps here in Georgia, we noticed he has health issues. They do free range, but we kept them in there coop. He might not have been in there though if he was hiding in the cow barn. His neck seems swollen and he cant lean down to eat , it seems to be pinched , his feet are a redish color, and his eyes are a yellowish color and his wattles are really puffy and lackened on the edges. Could he have had an encounter with a predator and gotten injured? Or maybe got frost bitten? What can we do?
     
  2. Eggcessive

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    A picture or 2 would really help. His wattles may be swollen and frostbitten. This can be very painful. Neosporin ointment should be applied to any frostbite. Drinking water, then having the skin hit cold air can cause frostbite. A coop needs plenty of ventilation to get rid of the moisture in the air--this can cause more frostbite than the cold temps alone. I would lock them inside their coop 24/7 for up to a week so he will know where home is, and always go there at night. Here are some good links to click on:
    http://www.hobbyfarms.com/livestock-and-pets/frostbite-in-chickens.aspx
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2013/12/frostbit-in-backyard-chickens-causes.html
     
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