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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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I have small backyard chicken 28 heads this morning when iam

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i have small backyard chicken 28 heads this morning when iam feeding them i notice one male i notice is not look well kind slow not like two days ago eat a little bit. the looks okey.
thanks.
pete
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Pete, I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. We don't have many avian-oriented vets on the site. Unfortunately, the symptoms you've mentioned - lethargy, inappetence - can indicate any number of illnesses or health issues. have any new symptoms arisen - vomiting, diarrhea, sneezing, coughing, lameness, e.g? In avian medicine, there's rarely one cause of a condition, so we usually begin with a list of differential diagnoses and use lab tests and physical exams to differentiate. With this in mind, your best course of action is to reach out to your county-extension poultry personnel or avian-oriented veterinarian (please see here: www.aav.org) for help in differentiating the various causes of what you're seeing. Veterinarians can perform a physical exam and run diagnostic tests, including X-rays, to distinguish between the various etiologies.
It's best to approach the diagnostic process with a clear sense of Roundhead's financial value to your operation. Although some services such as your county animal disease diagnostic laboratory might be available free of charge through a county agency or land-grant extension office, the expense of some diagnostic tests and treatments can add up quickly. While it’s always worth your time and money to identify a bacterial or viral infection that could potentially impact more than one member of the flock, this might not be the case with a condition that only affects one rooster.
Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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