Originally Posted by terrilhb
I have a 6 month old hen. She is limping on her right leg. There are no injuries. I checked her real good. Her leg will bend. If they can get a sprain what is the best treatment for her? She is eating, drinking and looking for bugs. So that is a good sign.
I would check the bottom of her feet for bumblefoot, it can cause limping. Chickens can and do get sprains, some are more serious than others...I've dealt with them. I recommend that you eliminate high places where they can jump down from, lower your roosts too. Heavy breeds are more susceptable to leg injury from jumping down from high places/roosts. It doesnt sound like it's too serious, eating and drinking is always a good sign. If there's swelling or worse limping, I'd cage her for about 5-7 days for rest and relaxation...giving time for the leg to heal rather than aggravating the injury by walking around. If you do this, provide her with feed and water. You could purchase vitamin B complex tablets at a pharmacy and crush a few tablets into powder and sprinkle it on her feed to eat. It might help speed up healing. After 5 days, release her and see if she's walking normal. If not, recage her another week using the vitamin B complex for a week, then completely stop using it altogether. Let her out again and see if she's walking normal. Sometimes these type injuries take a week to heal, sometimes longer, or never. If you seperate her, be aware that the others will treat her as a new hen and will peck/chase her if she's reintroduced with them, especially if she's still limping.