In January we noticed our Prized Rooster Foghorn doing a strange exaggerated step. Course not being able to easily pick him up, it was suggested by friends who have had chickens longer than we have, this could be arthritis. So we started mixing up a couple of homeopathic and herbal remedies to give to him in the hopes it would help. For a while he seemed to improve, then it got worse.
Poor dear got to a point where he did not move around, "do his rooster duties" if you know what I mean, and his tail was down all the time and no crowing. I knew something was really bad. So we finally captured him and looked him over and found a very large and odd wound in the front of his knee/leg. We cleaned it up good, but it never went away.
One day He just looked at me so sad and I knew if I didn't take him to the Vet, he was not going to make it.
So I called the only Chicken Veterinarian I know of...Dr. Esbeck at Sawnee Vet Clinic. Made him an appointment and went. Dr. Esbeck took one look and said, "He has gangrene". Man!! I was so sad. But he said it is bacterial and can be treated. So we did. I have been taking care of him since January. We finally got rid of the tissue eating gangrene and were left with a huge crater where flesh and muscle had been. So as things happen, Dr. Esbeck had just the day before attended some kind of a seminar and was introduced to the speaker who was from a company called Vetrix. They had been experimenting on Eagles and Turtles who had lost muscle, flesh, using a pig ligament matrix, which attracts the free roaming stems cells we all have in our bodies. Including Roosters. So Mike and I agreed to split the bill and have it done. We already had too much invested not to.
Dr. Esbeck took him for the day. They knocked him out and stitched this matrix into the wound. All that went well. Now it was up to me to keep the bandaging wet and changed daily.
We go back each week and take pictures and check his progress. And I have to say, he is doing really well. It is filing in, an starting to look normal again. We still have to bandage each day because he will peck at it....again, and make it bleed. He did this last week, and I thought I had blown the whole procedure. All the money time and effort. Blood on the floor and leg. But bandaged it up, and saw the Dr. later that week. Dr. E said, the cells that are growijng now are so blood rich, it would look like it was bleeding lots, but it was a good sign. New fresh cells. yeah!