Stumped!! Has anyone else had this happen?????

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Pillzzner, Sep 28, 2012.

  1. Pillzzner

    Pillzzner Out Of The Brooder

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    I posted a while back that my bantam roo lost his voice. Well it has been "gone" for a couple months now. Very hoarse sounding but other than that he acts fine. No sickness...eats and drinks fine. Well today he somehow jumped coops and started a fight with another roo. I was outside and heard them...so I know he wasn't in the coop long. I went to separate them and his wattle and comb were bluish in color and he was wheezing really bad...I picked him up and his feet felt cold. When I put him back in his coop he was wobbly ...looked like he was going to faint. I CAN'T FIGURE THIS OUT!! All other chickens are fine! About 5 min. later he was fine and colors fine. Can chickens have asthma?? Is this a sign of worms??? Could fowl pox cause this?? I'm so confused. Any Ideas would be greatly appreciated. Oh he is 2 yr old bantam phoenix.
     
  2. Beaky Buzzard

    Beaky Buzzard Chillin' With My Peeps

    just a bump
     
  3. RedheadErin

    RedheadErin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would guess the stress of being attacked by the other roo gave him a little shock. Here are some symptoms of shock in humans:

    http://www.nativeremedies.com/ailment/symptoms-of-shock-info.html

    What I noticed was the dizziness and blue extremeties right after he had a traumatic and painful experience. Did he lose any blood?. Since he has recovered, I think he will be fine.

    Maybe keep him quiet for a day or two, and keep an eye on him to make sure he really did recover. but other than that I would not worry about him.
     
  4. suki'smom

    suki'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It almost sounds like he has a bad heart.
     
  5. janinepeters

    janinepeters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think the symptoms you saw were too severe to be just a reaction to the stress of doing battle with the other rooster. There has to be some underlying problem that makes him unusually vulnerable to stress. I would guess, with the hoarse voice, it is a respiratory problem, whether asthma or something else.

    I did once have a roo that all but stopped crowing - and when he did crow, it was sort of weak, not exactly hoarse, but not normal. He looked totally fine for a few weeks, but then fell ill, first with loss of appetite, then developed neurologic symptoms. From what I read, I thought it was endemic newcastle disease. Watch for other symptoms in yours.
     
  6. michelle b 1972

    michelle b 1972 Out Of The Brooder

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    hi,just a couple of questions, does your roo have what looks like small bubbles in the corner of his eyes ? does he have wet nostrils (almost like he has just had a drink ) and does his breath smell ( like a wet dog )
    the colour of his comb wattles is the symptom of an underlying respiratory problem !
    it could be a URI or mycroplasmosis ..... both of which will need a jab or powder in the drinking water ! this does affect their "voice" and can either be hoarse as you described or lose it altogether, he may have even lost interest in his girls !
    hope this helps you


    michelle x
     
  7. Pillzzner

    Pillzzner Out Of The Brooder

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    Nothing seems out of the norm with him. No smell or runny nose. He seems completely fine. I did notice a couple of dark spots on his comb, but they seem to be going away. He is still "hoarse" sounding..can barely hear him crow. I can also faintly hear him breathe...like hes wheezing. ??? They are also molting so not sure if this has anything to do with it.
     
  8. janinepeters

    janinepeters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Keep an eye on him, and on the others as well. It really does sound like some underlying respiratory problem. Sometimes these things are mild and spread only slowly through the flock, or it's something most chickens are resistant to, and only the one or a few become affected. Some people seem to advise culling for any slight resp. problem, but I have seen mild respiratory symptoms in my flock that seem to affect very few birds, so I don't cull just for mild symptoms. The stress of winter can put birds like this over the edge, but you live in a mild winter part of the country, unless you are at high elevation I guess, so your bird might do fine. I don't think molting has anything to do with it.
     

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