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10-Month-Old Laying Hen with Injured Legs

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MichellDAdams, Feb 4, 2016.

  1. MichellDAdams

    MichellDAdams New Egg

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    My 10-month-old barred rock laying hen developed a nasty bloody leg yesterday. I suspect that she had mites and that she, or the other hens, pecked it. I washed both of her legs in tepid, barely soapy water. I then used a 20 mL syringe and flushed the site with, first, a mixture of water and Hydrogen Peroxide; then, two, a mixture of iodine solution and water. I followed that with a brushing of a wound care ointment and a polysporin ointment. That was yesterday around 3-4 p.m. This is what her legs look like this morning. She appears to be limping a little.

    I have some Vetericyn Plus coming in the mail today to use on her. None of the other chickens are showing signs of mites or injury. She is the runt of the flock, however, so that could be why her little legs are so bad.

    Does anyone have an advice on what I can do to help her, or what I'm doing wrong, etc.? I am keeping her quarantined. I also have some Vitamins & Electrolytes coming with the Vetericyn order that I plan on giving to her.

    Thanks in advance!

    Michell Adams
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. Her legs should heal fine with your first aid treatment. Once that is done, you can treat her leg mites (if she actually has them,) with applying castor oil (available in the laxative aisle) and rubbing it into and under her scales as needed or once a week. This should take care of it. It works probably a little better than other oils, and is less messy. Then you may need to spend time with them all together outside, and find out if any one hen is bullying her. She may need to be penned or caged with food and water to heal for a couple of days, but I would leave her in with the other chickens to remain a member of the flock. Here is some info on leg mites:
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2013/03/scaly-leg-mites-in-chickens.html
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/33903/scaly-leg-mites-need-best-easiest-quickest-solution-scaley
     
  3. MichellDAdams

    MichellDAdams New Egg

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    Thank you for your reply! Yes, we've treated Leg Mites before successfully with castor oil and coconut oil, actually. Do you think that this is what's going on here?
     
  4. Eggcessive

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    It doesn't look bad to me, so I think that she is being picked on perhaps. There is a good feed store cream called Nustock that tastes bad and will help heal her legs. It contains sulfur, pine oil, and mineral oil. Or you can make your own. It can help to prevent pecking if that is a problem.
     
  5. chicklover 1998

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    Welcome to BYC, X2 it looks more like picking than mites.
     
  6. MichellDAdams

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    Yeah - I kind-of figured that it might be picking. She has always been the runt: the smallest, the lay to start laying, the other girls won't let her into the nesting box, etc. Okey dokes. I'll look into the Nustock and keep a close eye on her and the others girls. Tsk tsk....I'm disappointed with their behavior.
     
  7. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A little confused here I have heard a lot that the pecking order of hens also factors in when they start laying but my little RIR hen is bottom of the pecking order even though she laid first about 2 wks before anyone else and they are all the same age, I realize that all birds are different but oh well.
     

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