Young Serama Silkie Roo

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by JAMcG, Jan 5, 2010.

  1. JAMcG

    JAMcG New Egg

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    Hello! I'm just new to this forum, and was hoping someone out there could tell me what is wrong with my little serama rooster. I hatched him last summer, and he appeared to be normal as a chick. As he continued to grow, however, his body has become more and more contorted. So much so, he now has trouble walking. I am new at raising Seramas, and just decided to hatch some for fun, starting with a a pair of silkie Seramas I had gotten from a breeder. All the chicks were normal except for this one...it began with his tail bending sideways, so I thought he was going to be one of those "extreme" autogayas (not sure spelling), but his tail is like backwards now, and his body is twisted in a bizzare way. I wish I could post a picture on here to show everyone. I've never seen anything like this. He otherwise seems healthy, eats good, even crows a cute, squeaky crow. He's about the size of a pop can, very very tiny, and I think he is done growing. Oh, one other thing about him....I have to keep a constant heat lamp on him, as he seems to not be able to regulate his body temp. I first noticed this when fall came and the temps started to drop, he almost died, so I quickly put him under a heat light...since I live in Northern Ohio, it's extremely cold right now. I suppose some may say to "cull" him, but he seems happy, and not in any pain....so, if I have to keep him under a heat light, I don't mind....he's a darling little rooster.
     
  2. SilverPhoenix

    SilverPhoenix Bantam Fanatic

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    I don't know what's wrong with him, so I can't help you there, but I just wanted to say it sounds like he's happy despite his condition and I think it's sweet you put in the extra effort to keep him going. [​IMG] I'd be curious to see a picture of him!
     

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