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Bella the buff has a limp~

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by countryladyNH, Jul 21, 2016.

  1. countryladyNH

    countryladyNH Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yesterday Bella started limping. It was worse today, and she would not join the other hens in foraging in the morning.
    I checked her over carefully and no bumblefoot...Her feet were nice and clean and healthy looking. She has not laid her first egg yet, so she was not egg bound.
    She seemed not interested in the ritual morning treats with our 3 other buffs...

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    Poor Bella...

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    We distracted the other hens and gave her a small bowl of the milk from our morning cereal. She sucked it right up fast! Good!

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    Online they said to give the hen one half of a baby aspirin, so we did that, hiding it in a grape---Bella's favorite treat. YUM!
    We also put a 'hen apron' on her that someone had given us as a gift and we'd never used till now. Bella actually seemed to like it. Maybe it made her feel a little more secure.

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    She seemed to be falling asleep in a chair outside so we brought her in the house and put her in the dogs' bed with a fan nearby...

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    Sasha, one of our yorkies, sat by Bella for an hour. Awwww.....

    After awhile she seemed a little bit 'perkier' and we put her back outside since she was howling a little. We think she must have injured her leg jumping off a perch or something. She sure was happy being petted and carried around by hubby and me this morning~!
    Hoping she'll be better in a day or two...

    Cluck cluck, hubby and I are like 'old mother hens'!
     
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2016
  2. countryladyNH

    countryladyNH Chillin' With My Peeps

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    BELLA UPDATE~
    After a day of sitting in a lawn chair and having half a baby aspirin intermittently, Bella is limping far less than she was! Yea! We keep checking her legs/feet and they are just fine---NO sign of break, infection, etc., whatsoever. Still mild limp, but she is 'running' around AND getting up on perches.
    I think she may be back to normal all the way in another day or so...

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