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Injured chicken, fixed leg but won't eat

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I have a chicken that I found trapped a couple of days ago. She seemed in pretty bad shape but after I fixed up her leg she is now able to stand on it. The problem is she won't hardly eat or drink. I saw her eat a little bit this morning but haven't gotten her to eat anymore. I know chickens are social birds and we have been giving her attention but she is separated from her sisters. Maybe she is lonely? Is that even a thing?

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yes it's a thing.

 

If she is eating a little that is great, and you can always get her to eat more with delicious things like meal worms. If she is not getting any worse, then she's probably mending slowly which is great.

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I have a chicken that I found trapped a couple of days ago. She seemed in pretty bad shape but after I fixed up her leg she is now able to stand on it. The problem is she won't hardly eat or drink. I saw her eat a little bit this morning but haven't gotten her to eat anymore. I know chickens are social birds and we have been giving her attention but she is separated from her sisters. Maybe she is lonely? Is that even a thing?

Welcome to BYC. If she won't eat, then you can try bringing her together for visitation with the other chickens to see if she will eat with them. When she is separated , offer her wet chicken feed, chopped egg, canned tuna, and sunflower kernels. Placng her in a pen inside the coop with food and water with the other chickens is something to try.

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Chickens are flock birds. Put a friend in with her one lower on the pecking order from her. Make sure that they both have room to eat and drink at the same time. Giving her a friend and giving her a bit of competition might get her eating and drinking.

Currently our chicken family consists of Bantam Blue Wheaten & Wheaten Ameracuna's, Bantam Welsummer, Bantam, Bantam Silver Laced Wyandotte, Bantam New Hampshires, millefleur D'unccle, a blue sizzle, white silkies, RIP Aggie. Stella and Becky our special needs hens. We have had backyard poultry for over 30 years We are a NPIP Certified flock NH15-226.

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Currently our chicken family consists of Bantam Blue Wheaten & Wheaten Ameracuna's, Bantam Welsummer, Bantam, Bantam Silver Laced Wyandotte, Bantam New Hampshires, millefleur D'unccle, a blue sizzle, white silkies, RIP Aggie. Stella and Becky our special needs hens. We have had backyard poultry for over 30 years We are a NPIP Certified flock NH15-226.

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