Hi. Before I get into my problem, I want to clear some things up. (So I don't get in trouble!) I just made this account and don't know if you are against me asking for advice that could be considered medical, so I'm sorry, please don't ban me or anything. O.O
So maybe like two months ago my family and I ordered forty chickens. Rhode Island Reds.
I didn't realize anything was wrong with the chickens until a few weeks ago. Thirty-nine of them are fine, but one of them has something I'm super concerned about; deformed toes. They're all twisty and he hadn't had a problem until today. The chicken (actually a hen) collapsed and was pecked at a bit by the other chickens. My sister found the chicken- I named her Wonky- and we isolated her. She's in a dog crate (a large one) with bedding, water, some kale, and grass.
Problem is, she refuses to move. She'll stretch her neck out peck at food, which is a good sign. She's standing up, and aside from not moving is acting like an active, healthy chicken.
But she won't walk!
If she refuses to walk because she's hurt, do you think we should put her down? What can we do about her feet? Why did she suddenly collapse? She's such a gentle chicken and a sweetheart and I'd hate to see her in pain. How long do we have with her? I looked all over the internet and there's NOTHING.
a very worried chicken owner.
please answer ASAP. It's an emergency. Thank you!!! :)