2 month old hen caught her foot under the chicken tractor

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Bit by Bit, Jun 16, 2018.

  1. Bit by Bit

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    My 2 month old Australorp got her foot sucked under a wood beam of a chicken tractor yesterday when I was moving it and most of the leg is slightly swollen. I can't see any broken bone but she can't walk at all. She either flops around using her wing to balance or jumps on one foot to eat and drink. She holds the injured leg up with only claw touches every once and a while.

    I placed her in a wired dog kennel (due to other do to other hen stepping on her). I added straw along with another hen that was caught by a dog to keep her less stressed. I have sprayed here leg with skin and wound vetericyn and gave her a little probiotic in her water. My question is is there anything else that I can do to reduce the swelling? She isn't moving around a lot, so I'm not too worried about her stressing out the other leg. :confused:
    Please and Thank you:)
     
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  2. Cayuga momma

    Cayuga momma ♡Ducks♡, enough said.

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    Epsom salt bath may help reduce the swelling and help with pain. (Drinking epsom salt water will cause diarrhea) You can also give her a spirin for the pain. And you could try to make her a sling so she can stretch and move her legs.
     
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  3. Eggcessive

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    The swelling may go down in a couple of days with rest. Could you post any pictures of the foot and leg? Is there any bruising? I hope her leg is not broken. Fortunately she won’t be jumping in her tractor. You could crush a baby aspirin into some food to help swelling and pain.
     
  4. Bit by Bit

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    I don't think it's broken she paws at the sky without bending her toes like she wants to set it down I was thinking of trying meloxicam since she isn't laying yet. I'll try posting a picture.
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  5. Eggcessive

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    That looks sore, probably a sprain, but good that it is just the foot and not the leg bones. I would think that will heal with time. Meloxicam would be good if you can get it.
     
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  6. Bit by Bit

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    We did give it to her in bread and splinted it below the elbow. Thankfully she hasn't lost her appetite and she drinks just fine.
     
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  7. Eggcessive

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    Check to make sure the splint does not become too tight. Let us know how she gets along. Good luck.
     
  8. Holew-L

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    My sapphire gem did the same this morning, only her leg is broke :(.
     

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