Help one of my hens was injured today. Her leg is broken.. Not into 2 pieces but is definitely useless. Any advice out there??? I don't want to have to kill her she can still hobble on the otheer leg and is now in a separate pen by herself with easy access to water and food. Please help...
I took my 3-4 week old chick to the vet on Monday. Remember this is the chick that was stepped on by my horse. Compound fracture to the right hock, yes part of the bottom of thigh bone stuck thru the skin at the hock. I initally wrapped it to stabilize it. After about a week or so it seemed to get better, then after a few days I removed the wrap. Progressively got worse after that as the break didn't hold and it was really lame then and not putting any pressure on the broken leg. The vet wrapped it again with dressing to pad then over the gauze he wrapped it in vet wrap from hip to foot. He said the tendon was gone that controlled the lower leg & foot. BUT he said it possibly could reginerate perhaps, especially in such a young chick. Perhaps is the key word I think. So it has been wrapped for going on 5 days now. The chick is hobbling around, and resting a good bit as movement is very odd/difficult with that "cast". The bandage does restrict movement of the limb as it's almost straight in the wrap. But the appitite for food and water is excellent as is it's poop. I even bought a couple other chicks to help with socialization & companionship for this injured chick as it seemed lonesome and I couldn't be there 24/7. The spirit to live is very strong in this little chick. If it was lethergic and didn't have a will to live and seemed to be suffering, then I would have put it down. But as long as it is willing to try, I will too.
The vet wrapped it's leg from hip to top of foot. First with a gauze wrap to pad as he said the vet wrap would cut into his flesh, then vet wrap over it to stabilize the leg. It was STRAIGHT. Made for real difficult walking but after awhile he did hop. He had a seizure two weeks after this and died in my arms, but when he was alive his movement got better and he was able to go anywhere he wanted.