- Oct 4, 2014
Hi Y'all, I just joined yesterday. Currently, we have 8 chickens - 2 White Leghorns, 1 Rhode Island Red, 1 Ameraucana, 2 New Hampshire Reds, & 2 Black Australorps. It has been fun watching them grow & begin to lay eggs. The 2 WL & RIR have started laying. The Ameraucana has not. The 2 NHR & BAs are about a month younger. Looking forward to learning all I can to take good care of them. On that note, 1 of the Leghorns has been limping for a week now. It is her left leg & she puts no weight . She does like to fly up on the top of the coop. I was able to put her on her back in my lap & examine both legs. At the time, I could not find any differences. She does not have any sores on the bottom of her feet so I ruled out Bumblefoot. I took her out & confined her, but she has not gotten any better. She eats & drinks fine. Today, I reexamined her & noticed that there is a little swelling in the elbow(?) joint. She did hop up on the edge of the box I have her in, but again, she puts no weight on the left leg. I thought about taking her back out to the coop/run to be with her pals, but not sure I should. I'm wondering if I should take her to the vet? I appreciate any feedback.