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Limping when running

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The last 2 days one of my hens has been limping/hopping when she runs, but not every time. She's 18 weeks. I bought off Craigslist bug u know they came from a hatchery here in Wisconsin. Eating, drinking,being social and I believe she is laying fine (still figuring out who all is going). We free range all day. Feet look normal, not cuts and doesn't act funny when I hold her or touch the pad of her foot. Could she have just stepped funny? Chicken newbie here.
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I don't know the answer. One of my hens did that for a few days & I didn't see anything wrong with her feet. I hope someone does know. She's stopped limping now. I had wondered if the rooster might have sat on her hard. She's the dominant hen & challenges him constantly.
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She is really limping today, and all the time too. Again, no obvious sign of injury and when I hold her to check her, I can move her leg and no squaking. We do have those little thistle plants in places and burning nettle, could she have stepped in something? At what point should I be concerned? I know that it isn't like a vet can set something if broken right? What should I do?
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Check the bottom of her foot to make sure she doesn't have an injury.  If you can move her leg without squawking that's a good sign.  In my flock I would take to a vet if she can't walk.  I've had ones with a sprain (just guessing) that have gotten better on their own. 

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Bottom of the foot looks perfect. So wait another day or so?
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If you want to make sure she's okay, or feel that she needs veterinary care, go ahead and get help for her.  I have one that's hobbling also, but I'm waiting to see if she get better on her own. (I think a sprain, and that will heal).  I believe if a leg is broken she wouldn't be able to walk, and you wouldn't be able to move it around without her making a fuss.

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I'm thinking sprain, but just wanted to make sure there isn't some chicken illness I'm not aware of since I'm so new :-) I read about bumble foot and wasn't sure if there were more things that at way
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