I have a young rooster, about 18 weeks old. He came from an unknown source at 5 weeks old, so I know nothing about breed or his history. (I was sold a hen that turned out to be a rooster!). I haven't kept a rooster before. He grew extremely quickly and is now HUGE and pretty heavy. The problem is that he can't seem to walk for more than a few steps before he has to sit down and rest. Apart from this, he seems healthy and alert. He has already tried to mate with one of my older hens. Unfortunately, he can only just fit through the hen house door now, has serious trouble getting up the ramp into the house and has to be assisted inside. He sometimes loses his balance on uneven surfaces and walks with his legs spread wide. I've been giving him a calcium powder supplement with his food for the past 3 days (he generally eats the same as the hens). Poor Valencia - it's tragic to watch him. I also got a 5-week old hen at the same time from the same batch - she's now also 18 weeks old and is also a very large, heavy bird. She walks with a slight limp but it's not bumblefoot. I treated this with Epsom Salts and it improved a bit but she's very heavy and often wheezes with movement. I see there's a thread for a wheezing hen and will investigate this further. My main question is: what can I do to help both my birds, but particularly Valencia, the rooster, to strengthen his legs and cope with his weight? He is a really fine looking bird and I will take some photos today and add them to this thread. Has anyone any ideas? I'm the one who lives on the small Greek island, so available resources are limited!