Barred Rock with broken leg

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by coulter5, May 31, 2012.

  1. coulter5

    coulter5 In the Brooder

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    I have a barred rock with what I think is a broken leg.
    My wife wanted me to put her out of her misery a couple weeks ago when she was not moving at all and I insisted on making sure she was near the water and put food on the floor of the coop near her everyday. Now she hops on one 'foot' and the other is kept up high near her body.
    Should I fashion a splint for her?
    What have others done in this situation?

    Thanks
    -Mike
     
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    I don't do anything for simple fractures. I cull for displaced fractures. Which does she have?
     
  3. coulter5

    coulter5 In the Brooder

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    Looks like a simple fracture. She keeps it close to her body but it can be moved and it is not easy to see what is wrong with it.
    She has gone from not moving at all to hopping on the one good leg.
     
  4. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    I would let her be. She knows what to do to make it feel better. It will take some time to heal (1-2 months), but as long as she is resting it will heal. Make sure she has access to resources. Make sure she is not being harassed by any other peers, roosters especially. And as long as she can remain unmolested I would try to leave her in with her flock to heal. If she is being bothered or not allowed to eat then she will need to be isolated until she heals. Hopefully you will start to see an improvement in the next few weeks. It seems to take forever for leg fractures to heal.

    Good luck.
     

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