Swollen leg on Rooster

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MissKittyKat, Jul 22, 2019.

  1. MissKittyKat

    MissKittyKat In the Brooder

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    I have a young rooster, who is maybe 4 months old, who has a swollen leg. It looks like it is the joint part where the leg starts that is swollen. He was getting beat up by the ladies so he is currently separated. His foot is not swollen and I don’t see any scabs or cuts on his leg that would make it swollen/infected and the swollen part does not feel hot to the touch. He was limping for awhile before we noticed the swelling. He is eating very well and drinking a lot of water with electrolytes. He tries to walk around but is seriously limping. He likes to lay a lot. I gave him an epsom bath today and was wondering what else I should try. I don’t know of a vet in my area that looks at chickens and would like to try some things before going to a vet and possibly spending money without an answer.

    I attached a picture of his two legs after his soak.
     

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  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Enabler

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    The foot looks a bit swollen as well.
    Have you noticed if he ever had any respiratory symptoms?

    It's very hard to know, he may have injured it somehow if the hens were picking on him. Infection from disease like Mycoplasma Synovaie comes to mind as well.
    What are you feeding him?
     
  3. MissKittyKat

    MissKittyKat In the Brooder

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    No he hasn’t had any respiratory symptoms.
    He was picking at the hens food which has layer pellets, egg shell, oyster shell, oatmeal, oregano, garlic, and a little of feather fixer food. He also free range and was given random treats of watermelon, sunflower seeds, cabbage, frozen peas, and frozen corn.

    He started out with a limp and that was part of the reason we separated him. He had a limp for a few weeks before we noticed swelling.
     
  4. Wyorp Rock

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    Hard to know, it could be infection. I would feed him Chick Starter or an All Flock/Flock raiser feed, make that about 90% of his intake, he's got some growing to do and does not need the extra calcium that's found in layer feed.
    I would also give him some poultry vitamins that contain b vitamins, especially B2. Poultry Cell is my preference.
     
  5. MissKittyKat

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    Okay thank you! I will give all of those a shot. He finished off the grower feed so I didn’t know if I needed to get more or if he liked picking at the hens food. The girls that he came with have fully switched to the layer pellets and I think one has made her first egg a few days ago.
     
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    I put this in his water. Does he need something with more B2?
     

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  7. Wyorp Rock

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    They do like to pick at whatever then hens are eating.
    I use an All Flock feed year round so I don't have to worry about changing feeds for age groups or gender. I just provide oyster shell free choice. Easy Peasy :)

    The vitamins/electrolytes should be fine.
     

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