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My hen has been limping for about a month.  Some days are better than others.  After two weeks of limping (and after some online research), I started giving her 1/2 of a baby aspirin every day for a week.  It worked great.  It worked so well that she stopped limping and I couldn't tell which chicken to give it to.  So I stopped.  And now the limp is back.  I'm giving her aspirin again, but I'm worried about the effects of giving it to her long term.  Also, the days are getting short enough that it's going to get increasingly difficult to administer medication before and after work.

So what next? Continue with the aspirin? How long is too long?  What's a reasonable expectation for a chicken heal?

 

Any thoughts appreciated.  Thanks.

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My hen has been limping for about a month.  Some days are better than others.   What's a reasonable expectation for a chicken heal?

 

Any thoughts appreciated.  Thanks.

Before continuing dosing with aspirin I would do an inspection to see if there is a cause for the limping. Check feet (especially the bottoms) for any cuts, scraps, abrasions, sores, scabs, bumblefoot. If that is clear then is she jumping from a high location (high roost for example) and injuring/reinjuring it upon landing. Is there any swelling? How old is she?

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You win some and lose some. When at first you don't succeed: try... try... try... try and try again.

 

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Thanks for your answer.  I did all those inspections during the first two weeks of limping. I saw no open sores, swelling, redness, etc.  She let me press on the bottom and pads of her feet.  She let me bend and straighten her leg as well. I don't know what bumblefoot looks like, but her feet look like a normal chicken foot.  She was a pullet last summer, so she is less than two years old. She is never required to jump up or jump off heights greater than 10 inches.

 

It's obvious that the aspirin is helping, but like I said, I'm worried about the long-term effects and since the limping came back, I'm at a loss of what to do next.  I'm letting her roam freely around the yard with the other chickens. And when I come outside, they all run to me expecting food - even her, but it's more of a hop. Maybe confinement is the next step - but I would have to confine all the chickens then too.:(

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