I have a big, beautiful Brahma roo that is too big to fly up to the roosts. He is almost 4 years old and I have always just picked him up and placed him on the lower roost (4 ft from ground) so he can snuggle with his ladies. I have never had any issues.
Then about a week ago I opened the coop in the morning and saw that he was unable to walk. I noticed his middle toe was curled under and looked broken. I surmise he jumped off the roost and landed wrong. I splinted it but, he still could curl the entire foot under him and couldn't walk. Then I put an oval stiff piece of plastic under his foot and taped his whole foot down. He had lots of trouble with it but seemed to be doing ok. Today I took the "cast" off and there has been no improvement. Plus, it got down to 5 degrees last night and, even though I tried to give him ample bedding, he got cold.
He is now inside to stay warm. I tried just taping the middle toe....no luck. Then I taped it next to the other....no luck. I am at a loss of what to do. He is a super cool, friendly roo and I don't want to lose my Braaack O'Brahma.
Any ideas or suggestions?
Thanks so much!
Jessie in Eastern WA