Arthritis in Hens

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Kikilemons, Oct 20, 2019.

  1. Kikilemons

    Kikilemons Hatching

    Oct 20, 2019
    Does anyone know at approximately what age hens can develop arthritis in their joints?
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Enabler

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    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.

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