Look at my most beautiful rooster (besides spike, of course).
He is currently an indoor chicken because on the 11th, he was found by my aunt who takes daily walks to the chicken coop with her dog.
She came running back (as fast as she can because she is recovering from an injury caused by a car accident) and came to tell me that she saw one of our chickens upside down! I got my coat on and went to take a look. I thought it might have been Sumo, our ironically named silkie hen, so it wouldn’t have been a big deal. She get’s thrown on her back all the time because she’s one of the smallest chickens. She’s weird.
But I found out it was this guy and I went in to grab him. This is Cinnamon, or “Cinnaman” is what we began calling him when we found out that he was a roo.
He was on his back and when I picked him up, his head was lulling around. I was immediately concerned because our late rooster, Lyndsey (I have a tendency to pick girl names for my roos), did this just before passing away. The only difference was that Cinn wasn’t having seizures.
After a few moments of panicking, I looked up his symptoms, got the usual response “Worst Case Possible, it’s Mareks and your entire flock is going to die”. Eventually I came upon a little story (which I can’t seem to find anymore) about a chicken who looked exactly like Cinn who was showing the same symptoms. They just gave him some TLC with some yogurt and smashed up pellets to feed him and water him. Within a couple weeks, he was good as new!
So we gave him some Olive Oil with Greek Yogurt in it and washed that down with some mashed up pellets in water. The first couple of nights he had shown little improvement. He couldn’t walk and he had to lie on his back in a box and at night he would thrash around. He made Oyster (our barred rock who can’t walk) look super healthy! Eventually though, he did regain his ability to walk. He began by perching on the side of his box and drinking water from a bottle like the one we put out in the pen. He was eating on his own. His presence even made Oyster a little more energetic and happy.
Now he is up and walking and running and following us everywhere. He even chases the dog off. He will sometimes peak into Oyster’s box and see how she is doing and they’ll chatter at each other. He really likes watching us play video games and he likes biting toes. And, surprisingly, he makes small hard poops that you can just pick up and throw away easily.