Broken leg - How long to leave splint on?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by bustermommy, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. bustermommy

    bustermommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my hens, 20 weeks old, broke her leg about a week ago. I splinted it with popsicle sticks and she is doing well. How long should I leave the splint on?
     
  2. indymom

    indymom Out Of The Brooder

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    It should stay on same amt of time as a person would keep a cast on. 6 weeks. I had 2 broken bone chickens: the one that left its cast on the entire time was good as new, but the one that worked her way out if it 10 days early never would use her leg after that.
     
  3. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

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    About 2 weeks or until it she can walk around on it well.
     
  4. bustermommy

    bustermommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the responses. She never did stop walking on it though. We actually had a hard time catching her. A friend who broke her wrist only has to wear a cast for 3 weeks, but hers was not displaced--my hen's is. And I wasn't able to set it (straighten it), so it's going to have to heal with a bump. I'm assuming that will take longer.
     

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