I noticed my 10 month old GLW limping and standing on one foot today. I took her in and soaked her feet in Epsom salt to check for bumblefoot and see no signs of it. She was fine yesterday.
Their bedding is pine shavings and it is cold and has had snow for the last few weeks, which is melting now, but not alot of ice really. The ground has been wet alot because of the melting snow and they prefer to be in the grass even though there may be snow in it rather than staying in the run.
Their roost is about 4 feet high and I think they don't have alot of space to navigate the flight down, although my husband thinks otherwise. She is a little heavier than my two Easter eggers but about the same as my australorp.
The only thing I notice that seems peculiar is that her leg has a few little dark spots at the top of her leg, almost like small bruises, but it is on both legs not only on the hurt one. And I don't know if this is normal because my other hens have dark legs.
I feed them layer feed but I do give them some oats and sunflower seeds during the day as treats (less than a cup) and sometimes a half of a small cabbage to peck at when there is lots of snow. Sometimes I will throw out a small pear that is really ripe or a boiled egg and occasionally a little bit of yogurt without any sugar or anything.
Could I be giving them too many treats? Could she be calcium deficient? I tried to give them oyster shells but they are large and they don't eat them. Any input would be appreciated.