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6 month old roo with broken leg - am I doing all I can for him?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Wynette, Dec 4, 2008.

  1. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    I've got a roo with a broken leg. My DH found him after work, lying on his side in the run about 10 days ago. It was raining that day and cold. He was shivering, and the gals had pecked him bald on the back of his head/neck, and his comb had been pecked quite a bit, too. Poor boy. (I HATE that we both work full time!!)

    I separated him to my confinement area, an old horse trough. He couldn't stand, and may have been in shock or just extremely cold. I put a heat lamp on him, and watched him closely, and within an hour he was dried off and talking. But, still could not stand. I had NO idea what was wrong, but I propped him up against the side with some bricks, and offered food...he ate a lot, drank a lot, and went to sleep.

    The next day, he attempted several times to stand but could not. I started feeling around, and felt what I THOUGHT was a dislocated leg. Got a vet appt. 2 days later (which was the soonest I could get him in), and the vet said his leg was broken. I have absolutely NO idea how it happened; both DH and I are completely perplexed. Anyhow, he had feeling all the way down his leg, until she got to his foot, and nothing there. She said that he could have sustained nerve damage, and we needed to splint the foot in a flat position. She did that. The break is ABOVE the joint, and she said there's no way to splint that. She said to try to put him in a sling, and I came to BYC to find what others have done . We tried a few things, and his good leg began to get cold, so I knew we had it too tight arond the leg but no matter what we did, we couldn't get it to work. He refuses to use the good leg; just totally hangs there. DH even put in a bar across the top of the trough, lengthwise, with a round wheel/trolley thing so he could walk along the length of the trough, but again, that did not seem to work. Vet said it was already beginning to fuse.

    So, I've been propping him up against the side for 10 days now. I move him 3 times a day to a different spot in the trough, clean his back end up as best I can, and give him fresh food/water. He's eating and drinking well. About 4 days ago, I began doing physical therapy on his good leg...no way do I want to grab the broken one & begin doing any manipulations on it yet, but I don't know how long I should wait, and I don't know if I should be doing more with him.

    I take him out of the trough & sort of steady him twice a day to monitor his progress, and he'll stand up for me and try to balance for maybe 30 seconds, then just sits right down. It's so frustrating! He won't try to walk, just sits down. It does not appear that he's in pain, although I'm sure he MUST be, having a broken leg.

    Is there anything else I can do for him at this point?
    Am I causing any issues by just propping him against the side of the trough?

    Thanks for your feedback.

  2. houndit

    houndit There is no H or F in Orpington!

    Jul 13, 2008
    Braymer Missouri
    It sounds like that is all you can do for him. I hope he gets better.
  3. beakkeeper

    beakkeeper Songster

    Jul 20, 2008
    Praying for him! [​IMG]
  4. cherig22

    cherig22 Green Fields Farm

    Sep 2, 2008
    SW Missouri
    My goodness, you are a great mama hen. Thank you for trying, and hope he gets better.

    Cheri [​IMG]
  5. Blessings for trying to heal him up. [​IMG] Is your rooster eating anything?

    I have a hen in the same condition. My hen isn't eating much at all, going on 10 days now. I have not decided what to do with her - whether to hold out hope that she will recover or to euthanize her and end her suffering.

    [​IMG] [​IMG] It's tough.
  6. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    Thanks for replies, all, and for the more personal notes that were PM'd to me. Yes, Pierre is eating and drinking, but not nearly as well as he was at the beginning of this. It's difficult to get the dishes situated to where he can reach them, and still have him propped against the side of the horse trough.

    Bearded, do you for sure have a leg break? If you want to try force-feeding (tube feeding), PM me. I had to do that with a sick pullet, and it's much easier than it seems like it would be. Hope your girl hangs in & makes it through!
  7. I do not for sure have a break. It might be a tendon or ligament issue. It appears to be in the knee joint (I think it's the knee, the joint up the leg from the spur). I will PM you, and might try tube feeding for a day or so. We had decided if she was not getting better by this weekend, we'd put some real thought into culling her as I don't want to let her starve.

    I am wondering if she possibly has broken eggs or some other internal problem after her accident.

  8. Badhbh

    Badhbh Songster

    Nov 16, 2007
    Southern Indiana
    Rig him up a chicken sling so that his foot can just touch the ground. Keep up the physical therapy. It may take a while, but he could start moving that other leg.

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