so yesterday morning we found one of our hens laying on the ground. she cannot seem to put any weight on her left leg. i have checked her foot all the way up and unable to find a break or sensitive spot but none. only when we flip her over she ccant put weight on her leg.she stands up on her good leg but not for long, then seems to find a spot and rest. she eats anything i give her and drinks. poop seems normal. i thought maybe a sprain. just hoping it isnt something worse. anyone have this problem before?
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I'm assuming you also checked the bottom of her feet to rule out cuts, splinters, or bumblefoot (sores), swelling, etc. Is her leg warm to the touch?
You'll need to separate her from the rest of the flock and monitor her. If it is a sprain it can take several days to several weeks to heal depending on the severity.
If she is doing better then keep her separated and let her continue to rest and allow it to heal on its own.
If you suspect a squirrel is responsible then here is some reading from the Learning Center of BYC on what you can do to protect your flock from them.
This other link features other pests and predators you may want to keep an eye out for and their behaviors