10 week old cockerel with possible sprain/fracture

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Buffalowingz, Apr 13, 2019.

  1. Buffalowingz

    Buffalowingz Chirping

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    Hi all, I need some help figuring out what to do. I have a 10 wk old copper marans cockerel that I believe sprained his leg but closer up near the top by his hip (pulled muscle maybe) he is getting worse over the past 3 days. I dont know if I should make some sort of a splint or device and bring him in to keep him immobile, but where the injury is makes it difficult to brace in any way. Is my only option to cull him? He is my favorite boy and I would hate for this one to end up in the pot. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks
     
  2. Ms Clucky

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    Can you wrap it with co-flex? The stuff used for horses?
     
  3. Norcal527

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    If it were me I'd put him in a small crate with food and water so that he doesn't move around too much and see if that will help after a few days of not moving...
     
  4. azygous

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    Hopefully it's merely a sprain or strain. Treat him with a baby aspirin (81grain) twice a day for pain. It can also help reduce the inflamed tissue. Look for swelling if it's a fracture or sprain. Look for green bruising for a strain.

    Immobilizing him is best, and I recommend a chicken chair or hammock if he will tolerate the confinement.

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  5. Buffalowingz

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    I will try. I'm on my way to a supply store to see what they have. Thanks for the advice
     
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  6. Buffalowingz

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    Thanks so much I will try this. He is getting big so do I just put a paper towel behind his bum to deal with the poop?
     
  7. Buffalowingz

    Buffalowingz Chirping

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    How much baby aspirin can I dose him at? He is about 3 /12 lbs to 4 already. He is big so fast!
     
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  8. azygous

    azygous Crossing the Road

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    The hammocks have a hole cut out for the poop to fall through. Put the paper under it to catch the mess.

    One whole 81 grain baby aspiring at at time, one in the am and one in the pm.
     
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  9. Buffalowingz

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    Thanks! I could only find adult aspirin in my area, so I will have to look up the difference/dosage. I will be getting him settled in a hammock when I get home.
     
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  10. azygous

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    Aspirin - for pain relief. Dosage is approximately 25 mg per pound of chicken's body weight each day – (A standard baby Aspirin is 80 mg, and a standard adult Aspirin pill is 325 mg). This information is from the Poultry Podiatry website. Warning: aspirin thins the blood and should not be used if internal bleeding is suspected or in cases where a wound will not stop bleeding.
     
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