Silkie Rooster laying on his back

country-darlin

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Feb 16, 2019
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Hey there everyone-
I have a huge concern about my one Silkie rooster. The last few days I end up finding him laying on his back; a couple of times I thought that he was dead (until I picked him up). This has started happening suddenly 3 days ago, and I have no idea what could be causing him to do this or what to do to about it. If anyone can please help me figure this out I would greatly appreciate it.
 

Eggcessive

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How old is your rooster? Was he vaccinated for Mareks disease? Could he be dehydrated from the hot temperatures? Do you have more than one water location? I would get him drinking some water, and giving electrolytes or gatorade would be helpful. I would look for any weakness in a leg or dropping wings. It is possible that Mareks might be a possibility, but hopefully not. Are there other roosters who might have hurt him?
 

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