Somethings wrong with my poor rooster. Video of his symptoms. Pls help

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by fatsuru, Dec 22, 2010.

  1. fatsuru

    fatsuru Out Of The Brooder

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJC9x71lkwE


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    help would be great i hate to loose the lil guy. noticed when i went out to feed this morning he was acting very down. looks like he slept outside the coop last night and caught frost bite on his comb. What else could he have caught from sleeping uncooped in 30 degree F weather?

    I've brought him in side as you can see from the video so far i have seen him eat some crack corn but hasn't drank any. I offered him sugar water to try and perk him back up. what else should i do for him

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    1) Unknown chicken breed about 6 months old, Rooster
    2) Acting down and out head bobbing see video
    3) He didn't show up for coop time last night which is unusual this morning at feed time he was waiting on my front doorstep for me doing the head bob deal. normally he would follow me around if i'm outside today he just stood there looking at the ground. I brought him inside and crated him with food and water and went to Dr's appt. he was in same state when i came back home and made this post
    4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms? I did a quick head count and everyone is accounted for and no one is showing the same symptoms
    5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma. Did a good check over when i noticed him this morning not obvious injuries other than the frost bite he got last night
    6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation. I assume he slept out side and got to cold I'm not sure if this could cause ilness like pneumonia or some similar issue
    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all. so far hes eating his crumbles and cracked corn well. havn't seen him drink on his own but i encouraged him to take a few drinks
    8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? normal no obnormalities
    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far. brought inside offered food and water gave a egg/honey omlette, sugar water
    10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? hopefully treat myself
    11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help. link above
    12) Describe the housing/bedding in use. straw
     
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  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    I hope it's just the stress from being outside in too cold temps. Is he a bantam? He looks a bit smallish, but it's hard to tell. Boy, he doesn't look well. Is he eating or drinking at all?
     
  3. fatsuru

    fatsuru Out Of The Brooder

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    i dunno exactly what he is I hatched a bunch of guinea eggs out and he was mixed in with them. he's about 5 months old and is small but not bantam small. he is eating haven't seen him drink on his own. I encouraged him to take a couple drink just so he knew where it was and what it was.
     
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  4. NeeleysAVLChicks

    NeeleysAVLChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sorry your rooster isn't well! Very smart of you to post a video, that head movement is certainly bizarre, I haven't seen anything like that. Hopefully, someone will chime in that has.

    Until then, I think you have the right idea by bringing him inside. You want to provide the best supportive care until you can figure out what's going on with him.

    Here's what I do when I have a chicken under the weather. Keep him in a warm, dry, quiet area. Cook up some scrambled eggs, mix in some feed, a tiny bit of honey and a few drops of Poly-Vit-Sol (WITHOUT IRON) if you have them. See if you can get him to eat as much as you can. I would also put some vitamins & electrolytes in his water (you can get them from your local feed & seed for just a couple dollars). The key is to keep his energy up and keep him hydrated as much as possible. Many times they'll bounce back on their own if you can keep him eating and drinking.

    Sorry you got a sick fella, he certainly is very handsome. Good luck!!

    ETA: I wouldn't think 30 degree temps would be a cause, my chickens do fine in much, much colder weather. However, if he already had a something in his system it might of been triggered by the added stress of trying to keep warm.
     
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  5. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Any other problems in the flock? Any signs of illness? Have you checked him over for hidden injuries? How does his crop feel? He definitely has a touch of frostbite, but I wouldn't worry about that too much at this point. I am posting the info from the sticky at the top of this section of the site. Can you answer the questions? It will make diagnosing him easier.

    Give us the following information. The more you tell us, the better we will be able to help you.

    1) What type of bird , age and weight.
    2) What is the behavior, exactly.
    3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms?
    4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms?
    5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.
    6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.
    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.
    8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.
    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?
    10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?
    11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
    12) Describe the housing/bedding in use
     
  6. fatsuru

    fatsuru Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for your words of encouragement working an omelette up for him [​IMG]
     
  7. LeezyBeezy

    LeezyBeezy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could he have hurt his neck or back? Any tender spots on him? It looks like he wouldn't be able to tilt his head back to drink. Keep us posted.
     
  8. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

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    Do you have any damp or moldy food that he could have gotten into? My head roo a couple of years ago started out looking like that. He eventually laid his head and neck down and couldn't lift it, almost like he had no bones! The consensus of opinion was botulism. I kept him in the house for about 3 days and kept feeding him and giving him water and on the third day I woke up to him standing up like nothing was wrong.

    One way I get my "sickies" to drink water is to drop very small pieces of bread or kernals of corn in a water dish, so when they eat them, they also get the water. Also, if I medicate anybody, I soak a small piece of bread in whatever liquid medicine I want to get into them and place it in their mouth, so that way I can be sure they get the medicine and don't aspirate.

    Good luck with him, he's a beauty!
     
  9. fatsuru

    fatsuru Out Of The Brooder

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    He seems to be doing better but not great. he is holding his head up and more alert but has not moved since i put him in the crate. He did let a surprise crow earlier and got a bit more vocal (clucks and chirp and what not) I am going to keep him inside tonight, which may be a mistake come 4 am, and hope hes doing better in the AM.
     
  10. Tdub4chiks

    Tdub4chiks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sure if he crows at 4am, you'll love it. I sure wish you luck with him, he's a beautiful bird.
     

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