Broken Leg!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by allmychickens, Aug 13, 2011.

  1. allmychickens

    allmychickens Just'a small town girl

    Aug 4, 2011
    My chicken broke its leg(ankle)!I have no idea how. We separated it from the flock but that foot is hanging at an angle it turned like a dark orange red(used to be yellow). and is super swollen. I read that it should heal on its own if we separate it but it is so broken it is numb (doesn't respond when we touch it) and he constantly steps on it, throwing him off balance and falling over. Also he is a rescue chicken, found running on the street, and is so terrified of people it screams and tries to run on its leg, AND just lays in the corner puffed up and panting when ever we are near, so it is hard to help it!
    WHAT DO WE DO!!!!!!!! CAN WE SAVE IT??????
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2011
  2. chicken grandma

    chicken grandma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 1, 2008
    west michigan
    It might be best to put it down. I have an emergency vet near me who can do that for me. Or the animal shelter/humane society in your area. Sometimes we have to let them go for their sake. I am so sorry, God Bless you. It is so wonderful to hear that there are such compassionate people in this world. I thank you for the gift of your caring/thoughtfulness.
  3. Blue_Myst

    Blue_Myst Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2009
    I'm sorry you have to deal with this--the poor guy! If he's running around and won't let you help him, it may be kinder to put him down, and I don't say that often [​IMG] Chances are it will never heal properly and he'll be in a pain for a long time if he's running around constantly.

    He isn't out of hope, though. If you decide to treat, there are several things you can do, but it will be hard if he's not people-friendly. I know some people make slings to immobilize the chicken and keep the weight off its feet. You can try cold compresses on the ankle and give him some electrolytes or sugar water to recover from the shock. It will be a long, hard road, and it may not work. He may even lose the foot.

    I know you'll make the decision that's best for the little guy [​IMG] I thank you for taking the time to consider all the options--you're a very compassionate person to take in such a terrified rescue chicken.
  4. xke4

    xke4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 3, 2007
    A fracture at a joint is a very difficult one to heal properly. So sorry.
  5. allmychickens

    allmychickens Just'a small town girl

    Aug 4, 2011
    Thanks for the ideas we will try to save him.
  6. When that happens the joint is out of place as well as a fractured bone. It causes damage to the muscle tissue too, unfortunately. I would try to immobilize him and get him near food and water. Hopefully no infections will set in and he should be good to go in a few weeks or months.
  7. griffinheather

    griffinheather Out Of The Brooder

    May 14, 2011
    Alexandria, LA
    poor baby....
  8. 1 hen and 1 roo

    1 hen and 1 roo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 16, 2011
    Ouachita Mountains
    Wow, that is just awful. I feel really bad for you. Sure hope he lets you help him.
  9. allmychickens

    allmychickens Just'a small town girl

    Aug 4, 2011
    a sling is a very good idea! [​IMG] i have hope:fl
  10. AshleyGray

    AshleyGray Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 25, 2011
    Marietta OK
    i know a woman who had a chicken with only one foot (and only partial toes on the foot it does have) and the other foot was lost at the ankle adn her hen is just fine. She is actually on BYC. She lost it to frost even if you lose the foot id bet that chicken would turn out okay! So if the foot is dead and has no feeling and is tripping it up...if it were me id try amputation before putting down...esp if then hen cant feel it anyways:idunno

    Her hen was a rescue that already had the frost bite when she got it and if i can recall correctly (trying to remember from her facebook pics and posts) she even went broody adn had chicks AND she had a picture of her perching!!

    sorry it happens and good luck!! keep us updated![​IMG]
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2011

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