Limping 1yr old RIR hen
Thanks- I'll check her over carefully today. How do I limit her movement?
Thanks- I have a moveable run that I can use. I'll keep her confined for a few days and see if she improves.
Wait-- do you have MY CHICKEN????
I had the exact same situation- lame RIR hen- she was about 2 years old. Never showed signs of injury just was severely limping one day. I limited her exercise through confinement for a couple of weeks, but that only made the limp barely better. She was a SPITFIRE! So she had no trouble with any of the others bothering her or hen pecking. In fact THE OPPOSITE!! I ended up rehoming her because she took an entire 8 feet of roost to herself... there simply wasn't enough roost space for her to have an entire one to herself... what a BULLY! Going on two years of being a gimpy hen and she doesn't seem to care one bit- happy at her new home and just as ornery with the new flock of chickens she lives with.
When she runs she looks like she is a tiny two legged, feathered, galloping horse with a beak!!!
That is good news. Actually I have some of the old line RIR that are dark mahogany, and they are the most docile chickens I have had. Even the roosters are weenies. The hatchery RIR, which are some what mixed for high egg production tend to be more aggressive as a whole, but every chicken can be different.