|It's nice to have an empty stall for "incidents" like these.|
He has a pretty big patch of missing feathers & torn up skin, but no huge gashes or giant open wounds that I could see. I guess he could have some internal wounds, but heak if I know how to diagnose that. I've been feeding him chicken feed soaked in milk and water with electrolytes, but haven't really done anything else for him.
He's been pretty mopey and doesn't move around much and I've just noticed that he hasn't been crowing. And I'd even venture to say that he's depressed. But he's eating, drinking & poop'n so I guess that's a good sign.
Normally, I wouldn't give much thought into what to do with an injured rooster (lop his head off, pluck 'em & toss him in the stew pot), but this guy is actually a nice rooster. Which doesn't happen around here often.
I guess I could have given him some antibiotics to ward off any infections, but honestly didn't know what kind to get, how to administer them or even how much to give. If he doesn't perk up in the next few days, I think I may have to give him some. Guess I'm going to have to do some online research on chicken antibiotics. Honestly, I don't have much chicken EMT knowledge. Most chicken deaths around here happen by predation (hawks, bobcats, coyotes....or Harley), unknown causes (I find them just keeled over in the yard) or I've occasionally had to put a .22 in their skull if they were horribly suffering from some malady.
Anybody out there in the blogosphere have any ideas as to what I can do for the poor guy?
Besides chopping up some celery, carrots and putting him into a big pot with a bay leaf or two?