SOS!!!! Rooster lost his voice

meghanhoyt1256

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Need advice please!

My bantam Cochin rooster is not feeling well. I noticed about 2 days ago that his crow was off. Sounded like he was losing his voice. I gave him and his ladies some warm oatmeal with honey.
Upon reading a bunch found it could possibly
Be respiratory issues. The next morning I added antibiotics to his whole pens water. This morning he seemed okay. Crow still off. When I came home this afternoon I noticed he wasn’t moving much and just kind of sitting. He walks but is really wobbly and only goes a bit. He’s eating but not much. I’ve given him nutri drench in a drizzle over his beak. Last night we did give him shot of duramycin. This morning he looks to be about the same. No crowing. I’m so sad he’s my little man. Any help or words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated.
Ps. I did notice it felt like his crop wasn’t fully empty this morning as well. Felt slightly impacted. I massaged for a while he’s getting light food I mixed his mask with water so it would be soft.
 

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I did notice it felt like his crop wasn’t fully empty this morning as well. Felt slightly impacted.
Re-check his crop first thing in the morning before he's had anything to eat/drink. If it's not emptying, then begin treating him following instruction in the article below.
https://www.backyardchickens.com/ar...w-to-know-which-one-youre-dealing-with.73607/

I would be tempted to go ahead and give him a teaspoon of coconut oil now and lightly massage the crop. Make sure he's drinking well. Offer a small amount of wet feed.

Is he pooping? What's that like? Photos of him and poop may be helpful.
 

meghanhoyt1256

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Re-check his crop first thing in the morning before he's had anything to eat/drink. If it's not emptying, then begin treating him following instruction in the article below.
https://www.backyardchickens.com/ar...w-to-know-which-one-youre-dealing-with.73607/

I would be tempted to go ahead and give him a teaspoon of coconut oil now and lightly massage the crop. Make sure he's drinking well. Offer a small amount of wet feed.

Is he pooping? What's that like? Photos of him and poop may be helpful.

He is pooping. His poop this afternoon was slightly green with a good bit of white on top. He did get quite skinny on me with out me noticing until I picked him up. All those darn Cochin feathers. He ate like a champ today though and drank. He’s still wobbling around though so I helped him with putting the food and water in front of him so he didn’t have to go far. He is still crowing and it sounds about the same as it did before. We will give him another dose or duramyicin tomorrow and I’ve been using vetRx too🤷‍♀️ An old timer suggested I use it. I’ve been putting it all over his comb and wattles. Any other advice you may have would be welcome. I’m hoping he’s just fighting a cold and got a lil skinny and weak and needs some extra loving and TLC he’s my boy. Also, there is no drainage near nose or eyes. He kind of sounds like an old man breathing after a long walk. No open mouth breathing though.
 

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Does he have any other symptoms besides the loss of his crow? Only respiratory diseases that come to mind that can alter or stop crowing could be Infectious Laryngotracheitis Virus (ILTV) and Aspergillosis. Only testing by sampling or necropsy by your state vet if you’re in the USA.
 

meghanhoyt1256

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Does he have any other symptoms besides the loss of his crow? Only respiratory diseases that come to mind that can alter or stop crowing could be Infectious Laryngotracheitis Virus (ILTV) and Aspergillosis. Only testing by sampling or necropsy by your state vet if you’re in the USA.
The only other issue he’s been having is a hard time walking and he’s very wobbly. As I told the other responder he is quite skinny. I didn’t realize he was that skinny until I picked him up to bring him in yesterday. He’s been eating good today. Scrambled egg and mash mixed with water
 

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He is pooping. His poop this afternoon was slightly green with a good bit of white on top. He did get quite skinny on me with out me noticing until I picked him up. All those darn Cochin feathers. He ate like a champ today though and drank. He’s still wobbling around though so I helped him with putting the food and water in front of him so he didn’t have to go far. He is still crowing and it sounds about the same as it did before. We will give him another dose or duramyicin tomorrow and I’ve been using vetRx too🤷‍♀️ An old timer suggested I use it. I’ve been putting it all over his comb and wattles. Any other advice you may have would be welcome. I’m hoping he’s just fighting a cold and got a lil skinny and weak and needs some extra loving and TLC he’s my boy. Also, there is no drainage near nose or eyes. He kind of sounds like an old man breathing after a long walk. No open mouth breathing though.
Can you get some photos?
Any chance he ate some moldy feed?
A video of him breathing may help too if possible, upload video to youtube and provide a link.

Oxytetracycline (Duramycin) that you are giving may help treat symptoms of disease like Mycoplasma. Viral diseases like ILT or fungal infection like Aspergillosis generally will not respond to antibiotics.

Chickens unfortunately do not get colds. The VetRx won't hurt, some use it and feel that it may help relieve respiratory symptoms.

I would still check his crop to make sure it's emptying overnight.
 

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Can you get some photos?
Any chance he ate some moldy feed?
A video of him breathing may help too if possible, upload video to youtube and provide a link.

Oxytetracycline (Duramycin) that you are giving may help treat symptoms of disease like Mycoplasma. Viral diseases like ILT or fungal infection like Aspergillosis generally will not respond to antibiotics.

Chickens unfortunately do not get colds. The VetRx won't hurt, some use it and feel that it may help relieve respiratory symptoms.

I would still check his crop to make sure it's emptying overnight.
Almost positive the feed wasn’t moldy. He could have got something that was though they do free range in the afternoons for a bit. I’ve attached a short video. He’s very very wobbly. He tired to stand an just falls right over. Besides that and the off crow I can not see any other symptoms presenting. I’m completely stumped. It does feel as though his crop has not emptied almost feels like maybe corn from the scratch they get? I mixed some coconut oil with his eggs.
 

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Almost positive the feed wasn’t moldy. He could have got something that was though they do free range in the afternoons for a bit. I’ve attached a short video. He’s very very wobbly. He tired to stand an just falls right over. Besides that and the off crow I can not see any other symptoms presenting. I’m completely stumped. It does feel as though his crop has not emptied almost feels like maybe corn from the scratch they get? I mixed some coconut oil with his eggs.
Poop picture attached
 

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How old is your little rooster? Is there any mold in or around the coop? @Wyorp Rock has a good method of giving the coconut oil. She gets it cold and cuts it into small pieces that chickens will usually peck and eat. If he has aspergillosis from mold spores, that can cause silent gasping. Viruses would have to run their course over time. The antibiotic you are using would help if it is mycoplasma (MG, CRD.) He might need to be kept a little warmer since he is sick. Here is a handy link to read about the common respiratory diseases including MG, coryza, ILT, infectious bronchitis, and aspergillosis from mold:
https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044
 

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How old is your little rooster? Is there any mold in or around the coop? @Wyorp Rock has a good method of giving the coconut oil. She gets it cold and cuts it into small pieces that chickens will usually peck and eat. If he has aspergillosis from mold spores, that can cause silent gasping. Viruses would have to run their course over time. The antibiotic you are using would help if it is mycoplasma (MG, CRD.) He might need to be kept a little warmer since he is sick. Here is a handy link to read about the common respiratory diseases including MG, coryza, ILT, infectious bronchitis, and aspergillosis from mold:
https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044
He is in the house in my sons bed room. I separated him from his ladies once I saw he couldn’t really walk. I mixed some coconut oil in with soft scrambled eggs. He’s not really feeling it this monring. He usually eats really good around lunch time. I posted a video/poop picture above as well. I’m pretty stumped as to what this could be
 

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