Hi, I noticed my rooster was a bit unsteady on his feet a week ago but didn't seem to have anything else wrong with him at the time. All other behaviour was normal (although I didn't see him getting friendly with the ladies). I kept an eye on him and over the last few days he had got worse. A tiny push would send him toppling over. He also had a very pale face, comb, etc and eventually I noticed some discharge from his nose and eyes, although I didn't notice any coughing/sneezing. I got hubby to put him out of his misery last night and he said that when he held him upside down (before doing the job on him) fluid ran out of his mouth. Does anyone know what this could be? Is it pneumonia? I have also had one or two previous roosters have a similar thing (with the same ending) but none of my hens have ever had anything like it. Any suggestions would be great. Cheers, Sarah.
The roosters weren't related. My latest rooster was a Polish and only about 1 year old and the one before that was a Plymouth Rock and he wasn't very old either. There was a fair time gap between roosters but the hens are all the same girls.
On the condition of the wobbly roosters it could be a respiratory :-/condition or a poison / toxic reaction to some treasure they have found ..ie a berry,avocado skin ,mouldy something they have dug out of the ground or a thousand other things. . Both respiratory and toxic/allergy reactions can have a nose discharge. It is possible it could have even had a bite. ???snake/spider.
Birds can have a crop full of water especially in hot weather or when they are sick and not feeling well. If they are picked up or especially held upside down the water will poor out. Normally as long as the crop empties overnight it just fine ,if it doesn't one needs to look at sourcrop etc but that would have also been smelly .
This water /drinking thing is one reason live birds should not really be carried upside down .
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