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Rooster Limping - Broken Leg? Hock Injury??

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This morning my husband let the chickens out and noticed our favorite rooster Big Red limping really badly. No visible injury- so we assume he injured himself while jumping off the roost. The leg moves all directions- not just one direction like the good leg. He is limping pretty bad, rests on the leg but his toes kinda curl under him when resting. It looks like the injury is at the hock area. When standing, it looks like the hock is bent straight rather then bent (as indicated in the picture below) I fear he broke it, dislocated or strained it. The hens are leaving him alone and he is getting around the pen. He is crowing and all- talking to me as I go out. What should  we do for him? He is the best rooster ever and it make me just tear up when writing this...... I don't want to put him down hit.gif Anyone have any suggestions or any similar experiences??????? 

 

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Relieve the strain on his leg. If nobody kicked him or anything that would indicate serious injury then let's guess it's merely bruised badly. Wrap his leg with gauze and tape it. Like you would with any minor sprain, relieve the pressure and restrain the motion by wrapping it up. You can bend the leg up to body as he would be naturally sitting or keep it slightly bent so he can at least sit. If you hold it to body then wrap more gauze around body to hold the wrapped leg in that position. Let him hop about on one leg for a few days and unwrap to see how he's doing.

 

We had a rooster that was kicked hard by a disturbed neighboring teen. The leg was completely dislocated at hock. That took gauze, popsicle splints and flex tape for six weeks. He was back to fighting condition with a limp but otherwise fine. Yours should be 100 percent healed in far less time as it was not kicked or hit with vehicle or some other blunt force. Honestly, birds are very fast healers. The thing to look for is pecking order, other birds will seriously injure him if he is in weak condition, the bandage limited motion may incite this if not happening already. Watch them and be prepared to seperate him from flock for few days.

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Thank you for the suggestion. No aggressive teens/adults in our neighborhood here.... when closing them up last night he was up on the roost and fine. We have a roost that is about 2.5 feet or so high and that would be the only area that he could jump down from and that is the only thing I can think of that would have injured him. I read that leg fractures will cause the foot to clench, which kinda seems like what he is doing when standing there. His toes are not stretched out, but more under his foot and he is resting on the top side of his toes. I'll be making a trip to farmers supply to get some vet tape and try what you suggest. He may have to be caged up at night to prevent him from trying to roost- not that I think he could get up there.....

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Just went out and checked on him. I threw some food scraps out and he did his usual thing, limping of course- except when eating his leg is totally straight and foot is stretched out behind him. Where it bends at the hock to bring the leg under his body, it is straight.

Proud wife and mother to 4 beautiful children. Also a mama to a redbone coonhound mix, 2 spoiled house cats, few easter eggers, couple barnyard beauties, and a variety of  marans. 

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We managed to get a splint on him tonight. He was such a good boy, just laying there on the table while we bandaged him up. Looks as though it was tendon damage and no broken bones. From where the thigh attaches to the shank, in his "elbow" crease. If that makes any sense....is where the damage is. Anyone have any other suggestions besides splint, isolation, rest? 

Proud wife and mother to 4 beautiful children. Also a mama to a redbone coonhound mix, 2 spoiled house cats, few easter eggers, couple barnyard beauties, and a variety of  marans. 

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