Trying to determine what killed our rooster

Pickled Egg

In the Brooder
11 Years
Dec 16, 2008
Perth, Ontario
Our 2 1/2 year old Chantecler rooster (The Professor) died last night

The back story - two weeks ago we let our younger roosters out for some fresh air/grass and one picked a fight with our resident rooster, who lost for the first time. No blood was shed, it was more a matter of the younger roo usurped him and our older roo kept his distance from the coop until we put the younger one back in his enclosure.

Even though the younger roo was no longer around our older one did not interact with his hens. He stopped crowing, didn't mate with the hens anymore, and pretty much kept to himself. We thought it was psychological, that he was no longer the dominant male and was acting accordingly. This went on for a bit over a week.

By Saturday he was lethargic, so much so that we were able to catch him without any trouble. We noticed his vent was very pasty yellow, he was COVERED in mites, and was emaciated even though his croup was full. We had no idea he was that sick and felt terrible for not trying to catch him sooner. We dusted him with a product from our feed store (similar to Sevin) and noticed it killed a lot of mites very quickly. I found him dead this morning.

We checked our hens over and only found one with a few mites on her. We'll be dusting all birds and the coop tonight just to be sure.

Does this sound like it was mites that killed him? Is it typical for a bird to be covered in them and yet not be seen on others that share the coop? Or could he have died from something unrelated to the mites? We've never lost a bird in the 2 1/2 years that we've had a flock and are at a loss about what to do.

Any insight would be appreciated!
I'm sorry you lost your roo, mites can quickly make them anemic[sp] and like you said seeing the other roo knock him off was probably because he just didn't have the strength to fight. You can't beat your self up about it though. You'll just be more aware next time. This seems like the time of year we start to see the mites and need to be watchful. I treat my flock every 3 months because we had a big out break last year and I don't want it again, I don't know if you can get Epernix there but it is so easy to use you just put it on the skin on the backs of their neck where the wings start. the pour-on kind. It will also kill internal worms too. Because your roo was so covered in the mites I would deff. treat everyone and the coop like you did,and then again in 7 to 10 days to kill those that hatch in the mean time. He could have died from something other and his run down condition was why the mites were on him more than the others, all you can do now is watch the rest for any signs that something is amiss. Hopefully that won't happen.

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