Sling to support a hurt rooster off of his legs?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by The Roswell Chickenman, Nov 30, 2008.

  1. The Roswell Chickenman

    The Roswell Chickenman Out Of The Brooder

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    I found my rooster just sitting in the coop and picked him up he was just skin and bones. He had been limping for a day but on Thanksgiving Day he looked tired so I brought him inside. A few hours later, he couldn't even hold his head up and I thought he was finished. Needless to say I couldn't find a vet or anything wrong. I read if he didn't get water and food he was done. I found a recipe for birds that was equal parts crushed feed (I used game bird starter;26% protein), pureed apple, real natural unflavored yogurt and a little honey, mashed up with Pedialyte. and force fed to him . First I force fed him Pedialyte with a child's medicine dispenser and them forced the mush into the medicine dispenser with a popsickle stick and gave him that. I also dripped Pedialyte it on his nose with an eyedropper until he didn't want anymore. An hour later he was squawking for food whenever I walked by. I took him to the only avian vet who couldn't find anything wrong with his leg but kept him gave him overnight. They gave him a food tube and dehydrated him and gave him antibiotics.

    He is back home and eating and the vet said just keep him inside and let him rest. I saw someone mentioned a sling that would support him off of the floor with cut outs for his legs and vent but I went back and looked and can't find the link anywhere.

    Does anyone have pictures or a description so I can keep him off of the floor?


    Andrew and Roo Roo:)
     
  2. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    Hi Andrew. I am so sorry to hear about your little roo [​IMG] I too am nursing a roo that could not walk but for different reasons. After 2 weeks inside he is now standing some and walking a few shakey steps at a time. It's been a long process. I have been feeding him boiled brown rice, spinich and beef baby food combined along with some of his regular game bird starter. He seems to get stronger each day so I am hopeful he will recover completely. I was certain he would be parylized for life but now I think he will be ok eventually. I toyed with the idea of a sling but it seemed to stress him out far worse than the benifits it would have given so I left him sitting and just picked him up a few times each day and manually moved his legs so that they would not loose their usefulness. I hope this info may help you with your little buddy [​IMG]
     
  3. flakey chick

    flakey chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2007
    Florida
  4. The Roswell Chickenman

    The Roswell Chickenman Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you both for your help. That sling looks just like what I read about. I know he will like the gourmet food and right now he is eating like a king. He is starting to get up on one leg so I am going to wait one more day before I get him a sling. Thanks again
     

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