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Went to the relatives for 3 days this thanksgiving. I did not want to leave my farm in the care of the neighbor, but had no other choice so I tried to train him best I could. He has a good heart, and does the best he can, but is not at all experienced. I have the bulk of my flock in a portable pen, and come back today to find a smashed dead pullet, and several with leg and toe injuries from being rolled over by the pen. Also, the pen that needs to be moved daily was only moved once during my absence, and the whole ground was a mat of poop; the waterer was filthy; in short a bad situation, as I had expected. Was very ticked off and disappointed. Anyway, rant over. Thanks for enduring it! 

A pullet whose leg was smashed has her leg and foot swollen up to twice the normal size, she is in pain, and she cannot walk very well. She does not appear to have any broken bones. Is there anything I can do for her to relieve her pain and help her heal faster? Or should I put her down. TIA for any advice :) 

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I am sorry-I have no advice for you!  But I am so terribly sorry this happened:(  I hope you get some good advice soon!

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As a first measure..if you have any Epsom Salts...try soaking her legs in a solution of this...

 

Have you ever heard of a chick chair ? It is a device for suspending a chicken...not allowing the feet to touch the floor...it has holes for the feet and a hole for allowing poop to be expelled...you can make one easily...chickenzoo has a wonderful diagram of one...maybe pm her for details...

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Thanks for the advice! I soaked her foot, then taped the ankle, but she didn't like that at all so I had to take it off. I made a bed of shavings in the pen for her to rest in, and made sure she could get to food and water. She can walk much better now, and the swelling has gone down. 

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So good to hear that she is showing signs of improvement..

 

Thanks so much for updating!

 

Good luck to you both!

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