Originally Posted by sol2go
Wishing you the best of luck. You are clearly very kind hearted. This is not happy information, but necessary as you embark on this effort. Hopefully someone will have a better outcome to share.
I have found this condition is fairly difficult to correct, even with a poultry veterinarian's expertise. In the event that you keep the pullet and she is not able to stand up on both legs, she will have significant problems. I haven't had one with this problem that could stand on one leg, and they are not able to grasp a perch, consequently they drag themselves across the ground when they aren't just laying in everything all day. They are still sweet and hungry etc, but as a pullet approaches POL other issues develop. They are also more susceptible to bug infestations as they can't groom properly and can't get away from all the crawly things. If you kept her in a pet carrier in the house, you may be able to control some of the impacts, including pecking from other chickens, and spend more time moving her around to relieve pressure points. I have noticed sometimes they have "friends" that like to hang out with them and keep them company, which improves their quality of life.
I can imagine that your flock is very well cared for.
Yes i have 3 separate coops per breed and no more than 4 per coop. My Orpington coop is only occupied by 3 girls. So, she may be living inside my house for a while then. She is eating and drinking well, so far, and trying to play, although she is dragging her left leg. I am spinning my head now, seems like when I try to massage her leg and stretch it, she seems ok. Maybe birth defect instead of hatchery injury? She is able to sit straight, and I gave her a teddy bear to lean on.
Oh I wasn't even going to have more chicks, but I just cannot pass on this one.
I am thinking about maybe make a splint with a business card cut out and wrap with the medical wrap tape thingy?
Yes my coops are super clean. I maintain them daily and the chickens are well cared for.
Poor little fella!!!!!!Edited by evitachu - 10/24/15 at 3:56pm