In the Brooder
- Oct 17, 2014
Hello all. I have a rooster that's got something going on and I'm not sure what it is. He's a generally friendly all around good guy. He is our preschool rooster...lets kids catch him, eats out of their hand, talks to them, and in generally just an amazing amazing dude but something isn't right. He started slowly loosing feathers about a month ago. I though he was just molting but it looks like life is going on to me. He is still eating drinking but he is spending a lot of time alone and away from the other hens. He isn't calling them over to food any longer either. Usually the kids give all the animals their left over fruit or veggies that our left over from their lunch and he always calls the girls over. Now he doesn't seem so interested in the hens although he will eat the few scraps we throw in. Along with feather loss he has these raw spots on his wings. It started on one side but now he has them on both. He is older....about 7-8 and I do worry it's just old age but I want to make sure we are doing everything possible to keep him around. He's our only rooster we have been able to keep and the kids absolutely adore him. Here's a few pictures of what I'm talking about.
here he is about 3 weeks ago compared to now. I do notice him scratching a lot, more than any other chicken in the flock and have checked him for lice but haven't found any.