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An injured chicken is learning to walk again with the help of wheelchair therapy. Roo the chicken had suffered injuries to his beak, and his brain due to a squabble with another bird on a Califonia farm, Roo’s owner Darcy Smith told ABC-affiliate KXTV Thursday.
"A few weeks ago during the fires, we took in another rooster that was evacuated, that rooster was kept in a separate cage and the chicken got intimidated by him cause he was very big so he tried to fight that rooster through the cage," said Smith. "When he did that he broke his beak in two places and bloodied his comb he actually did damage to his head so he has swelling on his brain."
Roo couldn’t stand up, eat, or drink properly because of injuries he sustained in the fight. Smith, a retired officer from Vacaville, California, searched online and found a custom-made wheelchair to aid the rooster. The special apparatus, created by a manufacturer in Melbourne, Australia, has helped Roo live close to a normal life, Smith claimed.
"He actually loves spending time out here in the chicken yard with his flock," Smith said."He's able to move around in it, sit upright, and he eats a ton. He's eating a lot of food, drinking a lot of water, and it's just made all the difference."
Roo is receiving a lot of love on social media, according to Smith. After the incident, Smith posted what had happened to Roo on her other chicken’s Funky Facebook page. Someone who saw the story paid for the wheelchair, which arrived last week. Users are now sharing tips on how to care for the injured rooster.
"You hear a lot about special needs dogs and special needs cats. Not a lot of special needs chickens," Smith said.
Besides online support from the chicken community, Darcy Smith’s 12-year-old daughter Jessalyn, is providing physical support for the battered bird.
"I'm taking him through the basic first movements and then I'm making sure he can do all of them and hopefully eventually him moving this by himself," she said.
The Smith Family said that Roo is making a lot of progress and hopes that he’ll frolic on the farm once again.
"I hope he's not in this chair for the rest of his life," Smith said. "He's made such a progress in a week or so."