In the Brooder
- Mar 2, 2015
Yesterday, we let the chickens wander around in the yard during the day while we were there, I was walking over to the chicken coop when my polish silver lace ran under my shoe. She was flopping on her back, So I picked her up and held her. she sat on my lap with her mouth open and breathing very rapidly and could not lift her head up. it kept falling to the side so I held it for her. she is about three months old. she rolled off my sisters lap and started flopping on the ground again, we picked her up and held her she was panting like a dog, she seemed to be in pain. After a few minutes she stopped panting and could start to lift her head. we dipped her beak in water and she was able to drink some. we tried to feed her some bread but she couldn't peck at it. we were able to get a bit in her mouth when she opened it and she ate it. we set her on the ground and brought another chicken over next to her, the other chicken ran away and she got up and started to follow it. she walked sideways and couldn't jump. we put her in the coop away from the other chickens for a while. when we came back she had crawled over to the door but hadn't gone down the ramp. we put her with the other three chickens, and she would follow them around and kind of zig zag and she would run into stuff. at night she got up the ramp into the coop with the other chickens, so we left her with them. In the morning we came out and she was okay. we let her into the run with the others and she could run lopsided with her head crooked, she doesn't seem to be able to feed her self, she seems to try to peck at it but her head goes the other way, her head is constantly bobbing back and forth. she couldn't get any of the chicken food in her mouth. we had to leave, when we got back she was still walking lopsided, and she can't fold one wing dup all the way, it seems like her leg or wing may be injured along with her neck. we got lots of moist food in a medicine squirter thing and we got lots in her mouth which she ate, we also dipped her beak in water and she drank it. after we fed her we held a large piece of the moist food up to her mouth and she was able to eat some. Is something broken? what can we do? will it heal?