I was recently give a flock of silkies, including one with an injured leg. She will not use her left leg at all, she just uses her wing to try and prop herself up. Here's what I know...
1.She has no signs of injury to the leg and the lady who gave her to me did not see her get injured. There is no swelling, no heat, and the leg feels normal ( to me) no popping sounds. The leg is not hanging funny,, its just not working.
2. Her appetite is good. At first she seemed to be losing weight,, but it may have just been her inability to reach the food well. She's eating watered down cream of wheat with some scratch grains in it a few times a day. I only water it down so that she gets enough fluids since she cant reach them herself.
3. She has no signs of disease. Her eyes are clear, poop is normal, no sign of mites, not eggbound, and crop looks normal
4. She is pleasant and living in a basket indoors. It has been over a week since she walked on that leg.
My question is... how long can her leg take to heal? Since I don't really know what's wrong,, how long is too long to keep her alive? She cannot leave the basket and rejoin the flock... but shes suck a good girl that I hate to have to put her down. I am hopeful that she regains enough use to have a semi normal life with her fluffy friends.. but Im not seeing any improvement yet.. has anyone had a similar experience?