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My rooster hurt his foot or leg

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Yesterday morning when I went out to take care of my chickens,  I noticed one of my roosters was trying not to walk on one of his legs.  I don't know what happened.  I am not sure if he hurt his foot or his leg or even how bad it is.  I brought him in the house in a box.  I called my vet this morning, but of course, he treats every other barnyard animal.  I guess the only thing I can do is to nurse him back to health myself.  I just wish I knew what is hurt on him, but I don't know how to tell.   Has anyone else had this and did it heal?

3 Rhode Island Reds,  Barred Rock, 2 Silver Laced Wyandottes, 3 Old English Game Bantams, 3 Silkies,  Porcelain D'Uccle, Silver Sebright, Belgian D'Anver, 6 OEG/D'Uccle, 2 Brahmas, Golden Campine, Easter Egger, 2 Brown Leghorns, Golden Lakenvelder, Silver Spangled Hamburg, White Plymouth Rock, Buff Orpington, Black Australorp, 2 Salmon Faverolles, Spitzhauben, Delaware, Blue Laced Red Wyandotte.

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3 Rhode Island Reds,  Barred Rock, 2 Silver Laced Wyandottes, 3 Old English Game Bantams, 3 Silkies,  Porcelain D'Uccle, Silver Sebright, Belgian D'Anver, 6 OEG/D'Uccle, 2 Brahmas, Golden Campine, Easter Egger, 2 Brown Leghorns, Golden Lakenvelder, Silver Spangled Hamburg, White Plymouth Rock, Buff Orpington, Black Australorp, 2 Salmon Faverolles, Spitzhauben, Delaware, Blue Laced Red Wyandotte.

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Try to get him in an  area where he doesn't have to jump up or down off of anything for at least a few days, either by providing easy steps to his perch or some other arrangement. Crush one 81 mg baby aspirin into a cup of drinking water (or five 325 mg aspirins per gallon) = fresh batch at least daily. If he got a sprain he should start to get relief but it could take a few weeks before he recovers. Watch for any other signs of ailing that would point to something other than a sprain but hopefully that's all it is. Are you certain he wasn't attacked by any preds?
JJ

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post #3 of 10

It's very possible that it's bumblefoot.  Check the pads of his feet. 
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=236649

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I was just looking at the bottom of his foot and it looks normal.  My chickens are locked in their coop all night, so it wasn't a predator.  He is eating and drinking and making his usual noises, so I am hopeful that he will recover.  He is trying to stand on it but he wobbles and uses his wings to try to balance.  I don't have a perch in the box because I don't think he can stay on one if I did.  I will try the baby aspirin.

3 Rhode Island Reds,  Barred Rock, 2 Silver Laced Wyandottes, 3 Old English Game Bantams, 3 Silkies,  Porcelain D'Uccle, Silver Sebright, Belgian D'Anver, 6 OEG/D'Uccle, 2 Brahmas, Golden Campine, Easter Egger, 2 Brown Leghorns, Golden Lakenvelder, Silver Spangled Hamburg, White Plymouth Rock, Buff Orpington, Black Australorp, 2 Salmon Faverolles, Spitzhauben, Delaware, Blue Laced Red Wyandotte.

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3 Rhode Island Reds,  Barred Rock, 2 Silver Laced Wyandottes, 3 Old English Game Bantams, 3 Silkies,  Porcelain D'Uccle, Silver Sebright, Belgian D'Anver, 6 OEG/D'Uccle, 2 Brahmas, Golden Campine, Easter Egger, 2 Brown Leghorns, Golden Lakenvelder, Silver Spangled Hamburg, White Plymouth Rock, Buff Orpington, Black Australorp, 2 Salmon Faverolles, Spitzhauben, Delaware, Blue Laced Red Wyandotte.

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post #5 of 10

is he limping? or is he holding his hurt leg straight back behind him?
i have a Silkie white hen i just brought in this morning that is doing those things... if i get any info i'll let you know
good luck!!!

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Well, he is standing a little better on his leg.  Although still wobbly.  Now his poop is abnormal.  It is watery and reddish.  I don't know what is wrong with him.  I thought he was getting better and his leg was the only problem, but now that his poop isn't normal, I don't think so.  Can someone please tell me what it means?

3 Rhode Island Reds,  Barred Rock, 2 Silver Laced Wyandottes, 3 Old English Game Bantams, 3 Silkies,  Porcelain D'Uccle, Silver Sebright, Belgian D'Anver, 6 OEG/D'Uccle, 2 Brahmas, Golden Campine, Easter Egger, 2 Brown Leghorns, Golden Lakenvelder, Silver Spangled Hamburg, White Plymouth Rock, Buff Orpington, Black Australorp, 2 Salmon Faverolles, Spitzhauben, Delaware, Blue Laced Red Wyandotte.

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3 Rhode Island Reds,  Barred Rock, 2 Silver Laced Wyandottes, 3 Old English Game Bantams, 3 Silkies,  Porcelain D'Uccle, Silver Sebright, Belgian D'Anver, 6 OEG/D'Uccle, 2 Brahmas, Golden Campine, Easter Egger, 2 Brown Leghorns, Golden Lakenvelder, Silver Spangled Hamburg, White Plymouth Rock, Buff Orpington, Black Australorp, 2 Salmon Faverolles, Spitzhauben, Delaware, Blue Laced Red Wyandotte.

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post #7 of 10

Oh dear. How is your roo doing now? fl

JJ

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post #8 of 10

is he getting better???
my silkie i think is paralyzed...
i will post today
good luck with your guy

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post #9 of 10

This very thing happened to my hen earlier this year. I couldn't find her anywhere, and then finally I found her in the corner of the coop hiding. She was laying down with her head in the corner of the wall. So I picked her up and felt that she had not eaten anything yet, and it was later in the day. So I know it happened over night. She acted a bit drowsy so I tried to make her stand, and she just laid down and fanned her wing out. So I brought her inside and kept an eye on her, but she still didn't want to stand up. So I decided to bring her to a vet that would take a chicken, and it turned out that she broke a bone in her leg. Shes fine now, almost a year later. But she does have a limp and it bothers her in the cold weather. But she manages. I never knew what happen to her, or how she broke her leg.

My best advice is to just keep him inside. And try to find a vet that will take him in. There has to be someone out there.

Good luck!

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Chickens are like potato chips, you can't have just one!

 

Hens: 1 Buff Orpington & 1 Leghorn.         Pullets: 1 New Hampshire Red, 1 Light Brahma, 1 Speckled Sussex, & 1 Partridge Rock.

 

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post #10 of 10
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He is still limping, but his poop did go back to normal.  It was only watery that one time, so not sure what that was all about.  The only thing I can think of is he jumped down and hurt himself.  There is no other explanation.  I just wish it would heal.  I am afraid the others will be mean to him if they realize he is hurt.  So far so good on that.

3 Rhode Island Reds,  Barred Rock, 2 Silver Laced Wyandottes, 3 Old English Game Bantams, 3 Silkies,  Porcelain D'Uccle, Silver Sebright, Belgian D'Anver, 6 OEG/D'Uccle, 2 Brahmas, Golden Campine, Easter Egger, 2 Brown Leghorns, Golden Lakenvelder, Silver Spangled Hamburg, White Plymouth Rock, Buff Orpington, Black Australorp, 2 Salmon Faverolles, Spitzhauben, Delaware, Blue Laced Red Wyandotte.

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3 Rhode Island Reds,  Barred Rock, 2 Silver Laced Wyandottes, 3 Old English Game Bantams, 3 Silkies,  Porcelain D'Uccle, Silver Sebright, Belgian D'Anver, 6 OEG/D'Uccle, 2 Brahmas, Golden Campine, Easter Egger, 2 Brown Leghorns, Golden Lakenvelder, Silver Spangled Hamburg, White Plymouth Rock, Buff Orpington, Black Australorp, 2 Salmon Faverolles, Spitzhauben, Delaware, Blue Laced Red Wyandotte.

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