A week ago my flock was attacked by fox. All birds that survived are recovering well except for Varia.
Varia is large pekin cross. Her only visible injury was a nasty tooth gouge in her back which is healing well. The vet gave her a few days of metcam and antibiotics.Her left leg was sore but examined by vet. Even though he x rayed one of the others, he said hers didnt need it and it would heal.
For a week now Ive moved her from place to place because she cant move herself, she cant stand on the injured leg. A couple of days ago she started 'clawing' around, prying herself forward with her beak, balancing on her wings and right foot, then clawing forward. She can move herself quite well like this, and if her leg is in a forward position, she can kind of use it like a crutch, just balancing on the first joint. However, once the left leg is in backward position, toes/claws pointing her tail, it stays there. She cant move it forward on her own.
We thought this might just be pain and inflammation but Im now getting concerned. This afternoon I did a little physio, holding her and making sure all the bones and joints work (they do) that nothing was obviouslly broken (nothing is) and seeing if the leg would function normally. Yes, it does, with my support, she was able to stand on both feet. She wagged her tail in happiness, then bit the hell out of me - it must have hurt. Once unsupported, she sagged back to creeping again. Occasionally, I can hear a possible creaking, and Im not sure the top joint is in.
My biggest worry right now is that I can feel an egg near her vent. I have no idea if shes going to be able to lay it. She hasnt swum in the pond since the accident and I dont know how she'll go in warm water.
Any advice would be much appreciated. Pics will follow, thankyou