14 week old roo with hurt leg....... "update"

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Barnyard, May 20, 2008.

  1. Barnyard

    Barnyard Addicted to Quack

    Aug 5, 2007
    Southwest Georgia
    I have a 14 week old rir roo that has somehow hurt his leg. He started limping day before yesterday. He is healthy as can be other than the leg. No drainage from anywhere. No bloody poo. Comb still pretty and red. He is such a sweet baby, he let's me pick him up and check him out. I am not sure what you call this part of his leg, but I will call it his knee. It may be just a little swollen, but not enough to really be able to notice. He tries to keep up with the other's, but once he reaches them, it is time to rest. He doesn't lay down easy either he just kinda falls trying not to put any weight on that knee. Any ideas??



    I did lock him up yesterday to try and keep him off of it but he was to busy trying to figure out how to get out......
     
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  2. dlhunicorn

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    bumblefoot (staph infection due to bruising or such) can "spread" but it might be something else entirely (do a search here using the keyword "bumblefoot" for photos) ... have you checked his foot pad or toes for a swelling or such? Here are some articles on commonly occuring leg problems:

    Staph infection:
    http://www.canadianpoultry.ca/staph_infection_in_broiler_breeders.htm

    due to Reovirus:
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/articles/96/avian-reovirus-infections

    skeletal:
    http://www.apd.rdg.ac.uk/AgEcon/livestockdisease/poultry/skeletal.htm

    recent research and review of lameness factors:
    www.wattnet.com/Archives/Docs/LEGWEAK.PDF?CFID=25710&CFTOKEN=74030876
     
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  3. Barnyard

    Barnyard Addicted to Quack

    Aug 5, 2007
    Southwest Georgia
    Thanks. I have checked him over pretty good, and I do not see any visible signs of an injury. I have checked his pads and there is nothing there on either foot.
     
  4. dlhunicorn

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    All I can advise is to read the articles and see if something in there rings a bell... there are so many things that can cause lameness...
    Keep him separated and limit his movement... it might just be an injury that times time to heal ...
    What are you feeding him?
     
  5. Barnyard

    Barnyard Addicted to Quack

    Aug 5, 2007
    Southwest Georgia
    I have him separated in a dog crate with a fan blowing on him. I gave him some eggs earlier today. All of my 14 week olds are still on chic starter I haven't changed there food yet. Should I?
     
  6. Barnyard

    Barnyard Addicted to Quack

    Aug 5, 2007
    Southwest Georgia
    Well I have started him on med's to see if it is some type of infection. He is getting scrambled eggs and plain yogurt, along with asprin for pain( if there is any) I know it is not his foot. It is his knee. He will get up and hobble around but he can not stand for long on that leg. I have checked him over and I have no idea what could be the problem. There are no vet's around me that deal with poultry, so now what?
     
  7. dlhunicorn

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    Watch out with the aspirin...this is for short term use.
    Have you considered infectious tenosynovitis (viral arthritis)?
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/articles/96/avian-reovirus-infections
    Here is some of my collected articles on LEG PROBLEMS/LAMENESS (I know this is a lot of reading but there are so many causes of lameness and figuring it it out /narrowing down the possible candidates can turn on some very miniscule clues and you might not even think them important enough to post so read through them and see what rings a bell in your case):
    http://dlhunicorn.conforums.com/index.cgi?board=linksgeneralinfo&action=display&num=1158767299
     
  8. Barnyard

    Barnyard Addicted to Quack

    Aug 5, 2007
    Southwest Georgia
    I just gave him 2 80mg baby asprin this morning in his water, that is all he has had. I will read the articles, but it may take me a while...I am a slow reader.
     

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