Cockerel shows signs of a tumour
Q My best breeding cockerel has suddenly developed a hunched up appearance. He has also been having trouble reaching the floor to eat, but if the food was raised he was eager to eat and drink. He has been wobbly when first standing up, but once he was stable on his feet he was able to walk around with no issues. He has been able to jump onto higher perches in the housing, but recently began staggering when walking and has had episodes of suspected seizures when he was frothing at his beak. However, he is still eating and drinking and is now able to reach the floor to eat. Our 20 other birds are showing no signs of illness.
VICTORIA ROBERTS SAYS:
Chickens can develop tumours anywhere and it sounds as though your cockerel has a problem in his brain. It may be best to get him euthanised if he becomes unable to live a normal life, plus get him postmortemed to find out what the problem was.
Even the most healthy birds can develop a tumour at any time