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We lost our Rooster - can anyone identify this?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by HaulnFetch, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. HaulnFetch

    HaulnFetch Chirping

    Jun 18, 2009
    Strawberry Plains, TN
    We found our rooster, Cogburn (I know, I know) dead in the run on Friday. He was a 5 1/2 month old Buff Orp. He has been doing just fine with no obvious signs of any problems. We had noticed that over the past week of so he had been shaking his head from time to time but we could find nothing wrong. I had taken out his and his 10 girls favorite treat of oatmeal, yoghurt mixed with a few drops of poly-vi-sol (no iron). I went out about an hour later after a brief thunderstorm has passed to find him dead in the run. He was still warm. His neck was extraordinarily floppy when I picked him up but I figured this was normal. He was our first death.

    I suspected that I had poisoned our chickens with some bad yoghurt or something but the girls were and remain just fine.

    We did not find any signs of injury or disease. We did notice what looked like two small red balls, for lack of a better description, outside his vent. We cannot find any photos of what a normal rooster's vent should look like however, we had never noticed them before.

    Does anyone have an idea what these might be and if its normal? We miss Cogburn terribly and just can't figure out what might have happened. He had an attitude but he was a lot of fun. Now we are concerned about the rest of the flock.


  2. wateboe

    wateboe Songster

    Sep 8, 2008
    Lebanon, Ohio
    We lost a young rooster to a broken neck. He was a bit of a nut and known for flying across the (large) coop rather haphazardly. We found him in the coop one morning, newly dead with no sign of illness or attack but just the cleanly broken neck. I believe that it was the result of one of those nutty flights of his!

    I have never inspected my roos' vents... now I am curious!
  3. SuziQ991

    SuziQ991 Songster

    Aug 18, 2009
    So sorry about your rooster. I am new too, I hope someone can answer this for you
  4. Nini

    Nini In the Brooder

    bumping this thread, we would really like to know if this is normal rooster reproductive anatomy or if this rooster's vent is abnormal. This is the only thing we noticed upon examining our sudden death roo. Since this is our first flock ever and the only rooster, we just don't know what they are supposed to look like around the vent. Thanks for any info.
  5. That looks like normal rooster anatomy to me. I would suspect a broken neck as well. If they fly into an object at an odd angle, it's not hard to do.

    I'm so sorry for your loss...it's always heartbreaking. [​IMG]

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