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I found my chicken hanging from the roost by one foot; Apparently, got the foot caught.  She's Ok except she can't walk on that leg.  I've isolated her from the others to give her some time alone.  When I get her up, she is still having difficulty, using that leg/foot;
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Well, its really hard to say.  We just went through this with a chick and ended up culling her because what we thought was a leg injury was a pelvic break.   If its a leg break, you can vet wrap the leg and isolate her and see how she does after about a week.  If its a pelvic injury, shes undoubtably in a lot of pain and probably shouldn't be allowed to suffer.    We can't see her, and you haven't said if you know if shes got obvious swelling, pain, etc.

I tried to take our chick to the vet, but the best I could do in our area was find a vet willing to talk to me on the phone about what to do for her.   He was a rural cow vet (my bestest most favorite vet 'doesn't see chickens' - argh!  And I'm a really good customer with three dogs, fifteen cats, horses, etc) but what he said was the most a vet could do for her was 'wrap' the leg (and give antibotics - anti-inflamatories which you yourself can get and give just as easily).   But he recommended if it was pelvic to cull her.  I cried like a baby when I had to do it. 

After wrapping her leg for a week, it was obvious it was indeed a pelvic wound.   You'll see improvement in a few days, she'll start walking on it, or it will get a whole lot worse. 

Here was his suggestions for wrapping.

1.  Wrap the leg straight or with only a slight curve to it.
2.  Wrap snug, but make sure her toes don't swell and her foot isn't overly warm or cold after wrapping - meaning no blood circulation/too tight.  You've got it wrapped right if her injured leg is the same temp roughly (with touching). 
3.  Don't splint.  Some people suggested splits here, and we tried that - using the light cardboard middle pieces of a Q-tip which are light and can be bent... but it just made her leg bulky and heavy.  No splint was far better - no rubbing etc.

Now thats just for if its a break.   If its not a break, just torn muscles, the wrapping can help too but you'll not need to do it for as long.

I'm not an expert, but I hope that helps.

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post #3 of 4

You're in one of those situations when you just do the best you can to wrap/support the leg and wait. Make sure she is comfortable and see if it improves.

Drafthorsegal gave good advice.

Good luck, I hope it works out for her!

Don't get all your exercise leaping to conclusions!

Poultry- they may be your pets, they may be your hobby, they may be your livestock. But remember, if you fall down in the pen, unconscious? They WILL eat you.
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Don't get all your exercise leaping to conclusions!

Poultry- they may be your pets, they may be your hobby, they may be your livestock. But remember, if you fall down in the pen, unconscious? They WILL eat you.
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Any updates on her yet?

I am kept as a pet by, 4 Banty Hens, 1 Sparrow "Birbie", 14 Butterfly Koi, 1 Standard Koi & 12 Fry (baby koi) 1 Goose, 10 Goslings, 9 preteen ducks. Also 1 VERY understanding hubbie (he can't stand a roosters crow) & 2 Animal Loving Kids. "MACK" "momma's baby duck" RIP.
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I am kept as a pet by, 4 Banty Hens, 1 Sparrow "Birbie", 14 Butterfly Koi, 1 Standard Koi & 12 Fry (baby koi) 1 Goose, 10 Goslings, 9 preteen ducks. Also 1 VERY understanding hubbie (he can't stand a roosters crow) & 2 Animal Loving Kids. "MACK" "momma's baby duck" RIP.
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