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Sick rooster, Help!!!
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lilac    Posted 01-30-2002 at 17:36:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi, thought I put a post about this a couple of days ago but can't find it so here goes again. Take two:
We own a bantam rooster who started to look a little ill a few days ago. It is hard to give his exact symptoms as sometimes he seems ok and yet at others he just sits down and when he walks he kind of walks a little on his hocks and sort of staggers (or seems a little off balance). Then at other times he seems fine although he usually flies/jumps up somewhere to perch and yet seems to be having trouble doing this too. It seems like he is almost fine except for his legs which seem to have no strength (it looks like) thus making him stagger. This morning he didn't even crow. We have him quarantined from the rest of the flock and he was eating wheat, oats, corn, sunflower seeds and barley with grit and oyster shells as well as greens from the garden etc. as he was free range during the day. Last night he did not seem very interested in his food and would only eat bread dipped in water. It was quite hot here (33) for a few days but is now only about 23 degrees C (not sure what that equates to in farenheit, or exactly how that word is spelt!). Anyway, please can anyone help me with a diagnosis as Squirt (the rooster) is such a personality and I would hate to lose him?

lilac    Posted 02-01-2002 at 18:09:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks Donna for your help. I don't think it is newcastle disease etc. but the reovirus sounds possible am going to look into it now. So, is the reovirus not going to infect the rest of my flock (if that is what he has)? Squirt is looking weaker and weaker, not much has changed except the stumbling, lack of balance or strength thing is getting worse. He seems to have trouble moving and is a bit depressed but apart from not crowing and only seeming to eat when I hand feed him his top half looks healthy. Oh, and I have checked his droppings and they look fine. Am going to start making him mashes to help get his strength up a little. Will ring the vet but unfortunately as much as I like him a very expensive vet examination is probably out of the question, but hopefully a phone consultation might help. Thank you again for all your help.

Donna    Posted 02-04-2002 at 13:14:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Treat any type of virus as if it were life threatening to all your birds, because as a rule of thumb, it more than likely is. I wish I knew more, but I am not a vet., my knowledge came from working with a very old country vet., many moons ago. And I know very little but I do try to help where I can, I hope all gets better really soon,

Jean Sutton    Posted 09-01-2002 at 17:37:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Five year old rooster that has swollen legs and can not stand just wobbles then falls. Any ideas?

Donna    Posted 01-30-2002 at 21:46:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I read your post a couple more times and this could be Reovirus infection it has just been recognized in the last few years, it threatens the digestion and growth in chickens it weakens the legs, it is localized in the large joints, resulting in arthritis, tendonitis and synovitis, it is a viral arthritis the disease is egg transmitted, respiratory and digestive infections occur for sort durations, and return, the virus survives in the tendon sheaths for extended periods, and as far as I know the vaccines are throu the vets., I am sorry I don't know for sure, the best thing is to
do is get it to a vet., so you can know.

Donna    Posted 01-30-2002 at 19:16:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It sounds like newcastle disease/infectious bronchitis, It is a respiratory-nervouse disease, which is an avian influenza. The systems are~gasping and caughing nervous signs are drooping wings, dragging legs, twisting of the head and neck circling, depression and jumping or jerking, and then complete paralysis, clonic spasms Mortality rate is high it is very contagious, "Take the chicken to your local extension agent or vet." I don't know of any meds. for this other than vaccines, unless there has been something new within the last few months I don't know about, and only a vet. can give this vaccine, Good luck Donna

Okie-Dokie    Posted 01-31-2002 at 04:41:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Either do all that Donna says or just find out where he has hidden the bottle. Sorry. I couldn't help that. Those symptoms remind me so much of my grandfather when he would sneek out to the barn on week-ends when grandma wasn't looking.

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