I am happy to read she seemed a bit improved. I have a hen that isn't walking either. It seems to be her right leg. She is a buff Orpington and a big girl so she can't hold her weight on one leg.
She tries to get up some, but starts to fall over. I have her in the house. Her comb is very red and she is eating, drinking, pooping just fine.
She will let me rub/check her joints and I don't really feel anything or can find the tender spot.
I hope she gets better soon. She is my favorite.
Keep posting so I can compare.
Hi Marlene - I had Amelia (also my favorite) in a crate for over a week. During that time I provided vitamins in her water and kept her from moving around too much. Most of the time she bedded down and rested. As she healed she would walk a bit more but I kept her inside for 3 additional days to ensure that she would have the mobility needed when I reintroduced her to the flock.
I followed the advice of keeping my bird confined. Keeping your lady confined and ensuring the leg in question isn't actually paralyzed/not just hurt is important. If the leg is injured, but not paralyzed, you don't see cuts, feel broken bones or notice a dislocation most of the people I have communicated with suggest keeping an injured bird separated in a small area to limit movement and to allow her to rest without having to compete with your other birds for food or water. I always bring my injured birds in side as the temperature is more controlled and I have better access to make sure they are not in distress.
Finally - you may need to see a vet if you don't notice improvement after several days.
For now I would suggest keeping her confined to a separate area and making sure that she has food and water. We have Buffs as well and they are extremely resilient (and some of the most gentle birds we have). Rest and low activity level should help with the healing process. Vitamins also help - but make sure you give the appropriate amounts.
Final update on Amelia. We are reintroducing her to the flock as she is no longer limping and has her mobility back. Amelia was out of the flock for a about a week and a half. While I knew she was a bit lonely during her hospitalization she did better alone near food and water as she didn't have to move on her injured leg to get food or drink.
Please let us know if we can help in any way. We know how scary it can be when one of our family members is sick or hurt. My wife and I are extremely grateful for this site and the folks on it. The folks here have taught us lots and are great resources. Hope your lady gets better quickly.