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chick with injured leg after dog encounter

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one of my 6 week old chicks snuck out of the coop and my large dog accidentally injured her (she was holding her down with a paw and licking her - thinks she can mama those babies although she is a 100lb dog) the chick has one leg which is clearly injured, she won't use it at all. this happened yesterday and she's been in the hospital inside recovering. today I can see more clearly that both joints, the foot and the next one up (ankle? knee?) are blue (look bruised) and she is holding the leg up and it is kind of flaccid, not very responsive to touch although she complains if I mess with it too much. I am fine to keep her inside for awhile and see if there is any improvement but just would love some support in figuring out how to assess what is going on, any suggestions for treatment or supportive care and if there is a chance she'll improve enough to become part of the flock down the line or if it would be kinder to euthanize her. I've nursed a sick chicken before and found it very very sad when after several weeks of intense nursing (and bonding) it became clear she needed to be culled. thanks!

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Welcome to BYC. A lot depends on if there are any internal injuries, and if there is nerve damage or a bad sprain or break in the leg. Chickens can recover form sprains or broken bones in a couple of weeks with by limiting their movement inside a small pen with food and water. If she is alert, eating and drinking normally, she may do fine. The problem comes when it is time to place her back with her group, she may be attacked. I would probably keep her with the other chicks as much as possible to keep them familiar with her. She may need to be separated by  afince or in a cage. 

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I have same problem. 8 wk old easter egger. can't diagnose problem...vet no help at all after 3  days and 2 nights...just wanted my money. Home and doing better with some tlc. isolated with friend chicken and eating and drinking though not a ton. Sits with leg out in front of her. Cant really move foot or toes...I test range of movement. Know there must be tissue damage maybe joint too...to splint or not to splint. She wont stay in a sling! It obviously hurts when she tries to hobble around on it as she is only lifting the upper part of the leg. Please anyone advise. I really love this chick. I want to do what I can to help her heal the best way possible. Can get pictures...Thank you thank you.

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So sorry for to graphic photo. One of our girls got ruffed up by our sheppard and is in pretty bad shape.tuff question but hows the best way to determine if our hen is saveable or if we are just prolonging her suffering. I was sure she passed this am and my 10yr old wanted a proper burial once dad came home. When i returned home from moms chemo treatments she had gotten outof the toweli wrapped her in. I guess she just regained consciousnessand now shes been suffering. Im at a loss as to what we can do next.
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I ran over my 4 wk ol meat bird when i was moving their tractor, i have her inside the house seperated from the rest. i cannot tell if it is bruised or broken. she can hobble a little bit but has pretty much sat in the same spot i put her food n water near her.

Any suggestion

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:welcome

 

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So sorry for to graphic photo. One of our girls got ruffed up by our sheppard and is in pretty bad shape.tuff question but hows the best way to determine if our hen is saveable or if we are just prolonging her suffering. I was sure she passed this am and my 10yr old wanted a proper burial once dad came home. When i returned home from moms chemo treatments she had gotten outof the toweli wrapped her in. I guess she just regained consciousnessand now shes been suffering. Im at a loss as to what we can do next.

 

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I ran over my 4 wk ol meat bird when i was moving their tractor, i have her inside the house seperated from the rest. i cannot tell if it is bruised or broken. she can hobble a little bit but has pretty much sat in the same spot i put her food n water near her.

Any suggestion

 

 

You guys need to start your own threads.  Too many problems linked off one post makes things confusing.  Dive right in, post your questions independently, and we will all be sure to help.

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Welcome Chiickencheeky, KlugelKrewe, and JoAnne to BYC.  Click here to start a new thread in the emergency forum:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/forums/threads/add/forumId/10


Edited by Eggcessive - 11/10/15 at 6:12pm
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