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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Kikilemons, Oct 20, 2019.
Does anyone know at approximately what age hens can develop arthritis in their joints?
Welcome to BYC. I really don’t have an answer for you, but whenever there is an injury or the overuse of a joint, I suppose it can happen at any age. Some people are lucky enough to have chickens 8-20 years and a few older, and it would be common to see arthritis in those. Some breeds only may live 3-4 years, dying from reproductive disease prematurely. It probably depends on the breeds, their general health, and what has happened during their lives.
If you are seeing a particular problem, then look for swelling of a joint. Aspirin sometimes can be used, and meloxicam (meticam) is prescribed by vets for inflammation and pain as well.