Have been a frequent visitor here over the past year but this one has got me stumped.
My problem child is my 9 month old silkie hen minx. A few weeks ago she ran madly across the yard to greet me and must have sprained her right leg when she jumped down the two steps in my backyard. She has regularly done this for months however the difference was she had been on a high protein diet for the past month with lots of egg so she put a bit of weight on. Any way long story short she limped around for two weeks on asprin doses and was just starting to mend when she jumped off a perch and has done something her left leg now. I watched her do it and she ended up with her legs in different directions.
On visual inspection I can't feel or see any variance to her originally injured leg.
I've had her confined to a box to limit her movements. She is eating and drinking happily on her own. Her right foot can move on its own and she will grasp my fingers with it if I pick her up and offer my finger to the foot. She is not strong enough to stand on it though.
Since the second injury, the left leg is extended forward mostly however you can gently bend it and put it underneath her, she won't grip your finger and doesn't look like the ankle bends freely but she can move the leg as a whole
I've had her on wood shavings the past two weeks but the past few days she has been in pain as when she poops, she then uses her wings to help get away from the excrement. Understandably so.
Aside from her legs, she is in good health. Her eyes are bright and she is very alert. She was laying eggs still when she had one bung leg but not now.
I've been feeding her anti inflammatories the past couple of days to settle her down. She will calmly sit on your lap for hours but I've had switch her box bedding over to a towel as she wasn't liking the wood chips.
There doesn't seem to be any breaks or fractures, if anything it feels like her hips are not supporting her on her left side and it almost looks like she has spraddle legs. It doesn't feel like she has a slipped tendon. The only other physical marks I could find is 1/2 an inch below her hock joint on both legs are a blackish mark on either leg but I thing that's been caused by her limping around.
Unfortunately to get an X-ray here it's around $300 plus $150 for a vet to look at her and to be honest my past visits they haven't been overly helpful and just seem to use mareks disease as the go to explaination for everything. My flock is closed, vaccinated and very healthy otherwise. I can take her outside and sit her on the grass and she will happily sit there and eat it. All this leads me to believe it's just muscular / an injury not mareks.
If any one could possibly shed some light on how I could treat this it would be appreciated, I have thought about making a sling for her to sit in, I have tried wrapping her legs with cohesive bandage but it didn't make much difference.
My other thought was to sit her in some Luke warm water with Epsom salts.
I'm open to anything atm.