Farming forum: chicken diseases

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Name: tk
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texaskitty111
Dec 11, 2015 1:08 PM CST
Anyone know what's wrong with this chicken's legs? They are swollen twice the size of other chickens. Also has tumors growing on his head. Eyes are stuck shut with them

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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Dec 11, 2015 1:57 PM CST
For me, she would be a good candidate to just cull before whatever she has is spread to the rest of the flock. Simple solution, but may not be for everyone.
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Name: tk
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texaskitty111
Dec 11, 2015 2:46 PM CST
Not us. But it is in a cage alone, no breeding possibilities. Also a rooster.
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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Dec 11, 2015 4:41 PM CST
I have chickens, but I have never seen anything like your rooster's problem. Are the legs tender to the touch or hot? With the added issue of the tumors, I think Deb's solution might be the most humane.
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Name: tk
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texaskitty111
Dec 11, 2015 4:58 PM CST
It would be if dean agreed, which he does not. They are tender, as he limbs, doesn't move much.
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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Dec 11, 2015 6:32 PM CST
Poor guy! Sorry I can't be of more help.
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Name: tk
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texaskitty111
Dec 11, 2015 6:36 PM CST
I think he wants to live, as he's very interested in food. It makes me feel better to think so, anyway
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Dec 11, 2015 7:01 PM CST
Well, since culling is not an option, I guess all you can do is make him as comfortable as possible and keep researching what might be the problem. Do vets even treat chickens?
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Dec 11, 2015 7:06 PM CST
This may help: https://sites.google.com/a/larsencreek.com/chicken-orthopedi...
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Name: tk
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texaskitty111
Dec 11, 2015 7:17 PM CST
I looked online too, but nothing matches. And, it doesn't seem infectious. He has had this since a chick, when we noticed all the other chicks were walking over him, or sitting on him. That's when we moved him.
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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Dec 12, 2015 10:09 AM CST
http://www.thepoultrysite.com/search/?q=swollen+legs&cat=4&d...

There's a lot of things it could be, and none of them are good news. It doesn't seem like it's a good idea to keep him around to suffer and die, and perhaps spread what he has to some other birds. The consequences of keeping him around to die far outnumbers the small amount of discomfort of euthanizing him. IMHO

The above link lists many of the possible diseases.

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Shannon
Dec 13, 2015 3:36 PM CST
Poor baby.. I have had all types of birds and I have never seen anything like that. But, he may have something genetic that just showed up now Or disease .. Either way I would put him down. That looks painful. And he will eat even if he is not feeling well . Animals hide pain well Sad You might be able to call your vet and they can help you with him.

Just please watch the others... I always remember what Spock said.. " The needs of the many far out way the needs of the few or the one "

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