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Wobbly/Disoriented Roo - What is going on?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Illia, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    I have a nearly 7 month old Easter Egger Rooster who, in a matter of minutes, went from perfectly fine to quiet, calm, and very unbalanced. Whenever I approach him, he doesn't run off like usual, but instead tries to hide under something, and if he stands around or walks about too much, he tends to wobble around as if he has no balance. I don't know if it is his toes - They are curled because of a Riboflavin deficiency since he was a chick, but never had problems before. Or - we've been having on and off casualties in our flock with the identical symptoms of weak, almost usless legs and a quiet behavior. What could be the problem here?

    He originally has been housed seperate from all our hens - He shares half of their coop, which is a large shed with white pine shavings, and outside he has a large, open run of just grass and weeds. He's been fine in that area for the weeks he has been seperated, but yesterday I let him loose to fertilize my hen's eggs. He was fine, and so was every one else, except for a quarantined bird that is currently perfectly fine except for her legs - She can't use them 100% of the time, and usually just likes to lay down unless I'm around to offer food or water. Today, I let the rooster loose again to be with the hens, and he hasn't been as wildly "rooster-like" as he was yesterday, but it is rainy, and that changes the moods of all of our chickens. It wasn't until about 5 minutes ago that I noticed him standing there, then he suddenly stumbled a little. I walked up to him, and he slowly walked away with a slight stumble every now and then. I tested him out, and followed him from place to place to see how his walking was doing. He hid from me under branches, downed trees, anything he could - He didn't chatter or run off like usual. When I picked him up and put him back in his seperate pen as a quarantine, he stood there, pecked around at things, then wobbled about. He was swinging his head around quite often, too, as if it was a balance issue.

    Anyone know what could be the problem? And what I should do to stop it? If there is any info I left out that would help - Please let me know, but otherwise I'd like some input on what I can do to help him. He's my last rooster, my other one died days ago from a lethargic leg issue most likely brought on by mold that was growing in his sleeping area. And no, my current Rooster doesn't have mold in his area.
  2. Billy7871

    Billy7871 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2009
    My roo is doing the same thing almost. He started by hoping and flapping his wing when he walks. He doesn't do that now but all the same as you said. He poop is runny yellow with dark green spots in it. He stays to himself. Hasn't crowed in a week and been showing these signs about that long also. He used to roost on the highest roost now the lowest. Today he seems much better he ate more today than he has been and hes moving around more. Yesterday I gave him scrambled eggs and yogurt so he would eat. I had a hen to die with the same problems. I can not find any one who know whats going on. I sure hope some one reads your post that can help you. Good luck
  3. cedar post

    cedar post Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 19, 2009
    My rooster is doing this same thing!! What is it... I just posted the drunkin rooster post!! Mike I haven't noticed runny poop.
  4. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    . . . Okay, well, umm, apparently my roo decided he's doing fine now. His odd behavior went on for about 3 minutes, then stopped. I think it is safe to say this is no longer a worry. Roosters. [​IMG]
  5. MsAlana

    MsAlana New Egg

    My baby rooster has been doing this for about a month but his poop is normal. He is very wobbly, disoriented when he walks and loses his balance. He eats and drinks normal. At first he was pooping blood so thought it was cocci. So started treating him for that but it wasn't. I then asked around and was told maybe because his hormones haven't came in yet and that him being around another rooster will help that push it along. So I put my baby roo outside but not where my big rooster can get to him. I started to slightly see very few changes. He is now outside because is that age but still does the same thing. He does have a problem having a pasty butt, but never covers his vent that doesn't allow his to poop. The poop is always collected around the vent on his feathers. Maybe he is just a defected roo? But I've only been raising chickens since January so not long and I only know some things.

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