My friend that raises chickens found me a free rooster at a garage sale. He is the biggest chicken I've ever scene. I loved him from the first but he was and still is a bit intimidating if I think about it too hard.
He was pretty congested and making a little rattle noise sometimes when he breathed. Quickly I made plans to keep a good eye on him and feed him garlic, put diatomacous earth (D.E.) in his water. He even got some yogurt as well to kill out any bad bacteria.
That night my husband and I inspected him closer and found he had a really bad case of mites and fleas were attached to his eyebrows, comb and all over his head. I did some research and found out that puppy or kitten flea spray would take care of that. After about a week we were able to put him into the coop at night.
I was happy to see that the next day he was taking care of training his flock to know that he was the new boss. He is a great leader and doesn't chase the hens like our black rooster did. He has only crowed once a little bit until this morning. He let out two nice medium sized crows. This is nice because we live in town.
We prayed for just the right rooster for our flock and that's just what the Lord gave us. He's quite a beauty too. Head and shoulders above the rest.