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Best sling EVERRRR!!! for broken leg! updated with pic!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by RedfogsFlock, Jun 25, 2010.

  1. RedfogsFlock

    RedfogsFlock Songster

    Jan 17, 2010
    Wittmann, AZ
    We have a hen that broke her leg the other day. Have no clue as to how, woke up and there she was limping. So after lookin on here for suggestions I figured out how to make a sling!

    I used one of my yorkies shirts! I put it on her, and then used a dog leash, threaded it through the sweater from front to back, and hung her from the top of her kennel! It's late but I will be sure to update tomorrow with some pics! Hopefully her leg will heal now. I tried to set it in a sling but it's broke right up close to the body. My poor baby!!!

    Last edited: Jun 26, 2010

  2. Toast n Jelly

    Toast n Jelly Songster

    Jan 29, 2007
    Not sure that I understand the hanging her from the top of her cage bit [​IMG] but pics would clear that up [​IMG] .
    How will she eat and drink? Very interesting concept.
  3. chicks4kids

    chicks4kids Songster

    Apr 22, 2009
    Northern Indiana
    I'd like to see that as well! Sounds very inginuitive [​IMG] Way to go!

    Now let's see a pic! [​IMG]
  4. Kim65

    Kim65 Songster

    May 29, 2009
    Washington state
    Yeah, pics if you can! I can sort of see it in my mind, it sounds great!
  5. kickinchicken

    kickinchicken Songster

    Mar 23, 2010
    Rhode Island
    When a horse injures its leg, they sling him in a similar way. Not much mobility, but at least there's food and water nearby and the hen it off its leg. I think its a great idea to immobilize the hen and keep the leg safe from further injury.
  6. dragonlair

    dragonlair Songster

    Apr 29, 2008
    What a great idea! Keep us updated please! I've slung horses, goats and cattle before, but never a hen.
  7. operator16

    operator16 Songster

    May 15, 2010
    How long do you think it will take to heal with her off of it?

    Very interesting and creative!!

    What does she think? Is she eating and drinking?

  8. fourfeathers

    fourfeathers Songster

    Mar 7, 2008
    Western Kentucky
    Good thinking, does the shirt go around the wings? Hope she heals okay. How is she handling it?
  9. BlackBart

    BlackBart Songster

    Mar 29, 2009
    I wish I had thought of using a sling as well as a splint.

    I found a Welsumer hen with a broken leg at the hock.
    I stretched her leg out, splinted it (Q-tips) and then bound it tight but not too tight. She lived in a box, in the house for 5 weeks. Laid a couple of eggs during her sick time, watched TV and became quite demanding.
    When I saw her move her toes, I took off the splint and let her rehab in a small area.
    She is fine now and is back in the coop with the others. She limps a bit. That is probably because I needed another pair of hands to splint her leg properly. Someone to hold it straight and someone to splint and wrap.
    But hey she is alive.

    Good luck
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2010
  10. RedfogsFlock

    RedfogsFlock Songster

    Jan 17, 2010
    Wittmann, AZ
    She is actually doing surprisingly well! She's eating and drinking, and spills her food & water less. I had her wings inside the shirt but she pulled them out. When she pulled her wings out I had to roll the back of the shirt to expose her rear so she could goto the bathroom. When it's time to sleep she just tucks her head and snoozes. I think she likes it, she can stretch her wings and flaps them occasionally.

    We tried splinting the leg, but it's broke really far up right under her thigh joint. We can't for the life of us figure out how to get the splint to stay! Now i've noticed that Blackbart mentioned toes moving? She can't do anything with her foot or her toes. When I pick her up she holds onto my finger with the good foot, and the other just hangs there. Is that a sign of progress I guess toes moving?

    This is the first pullet I've actually tried to fix. Our others have either died on their own & we found em, or been old enough & to injured to fix. She is one of our original 5 tho and our sons pullet, so we're giving it a shot.

    I hope it works, and thanks everyone! I will keep everyone informed on whether she heals ok or not.

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