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Broken leg

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Bird biz, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. Bird biz

    Bird biz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dang, my 6 month old Leghorn has a broken leg.
    I bound it with gauze and then plastic tape to stabilize it.
    I have isolated her in an indoor cage with food and water and a wide perch. She is not yet an egg layer and has had access to oyster shell.
    I am hoping the leg will heal and she will be ok.
    I always appreciate your feedback, thanks.
     
  2. froggiesheins

    froggiesheins Overrun With Chickens

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    I am assuming the break on the scaley part of the leg [lower leg]. ?
    Keep her in a small cage, try to keep her quiet, NO roosting, soft shavings, lots of TLC and extra treats [protiens are good] and you will have to wait for the leg to heal. It takes 3 weeks to fully heal. After two weeks you can put her in a slightly larger cage if you like, again NO ROOSTING.
    The skin did not get broken at all did it?
    IF the bone was not displaced very much she will be fine, she might have a slight limp or she might not, you just don't know...did you take a picture of the break at all?
    I hope this was helpful....been there done this....:old and it works.
     
  3. XavCas

    XavCas Out Of The Brooder

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    When my pullet broke her leg, I just isolated her in a metal cage and made sure she had fresh food and water. She lied down most of the time, but she did heal. Her leg is just slightly messed up ( You can see where it happened ) , but its not bad at all. There isn't really anything you can do with a chicken when she breaks her leg...just let it heal on its own.
     
  4. Bird biz

    Bird biz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, thanks, I will get a smaller cage and create the environment you suggest. Some of the scales on her lower leg where pulled off. I applied some antibiotic under the gauze. What kind of protein do you suggest? Dairy or beef or protein powder?
     
  5. froggiesheins

    froggiesheins Overrun With Chickens

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    Hard boiled eggs, mealworms, crickets, that sort of protien...LOL Let us know how she does....lol
     
  6. Bird biz

    Bird biz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Haha. The skin seemed cut as if she had gotten her leg stuck.
    I thought I wound carefully remove the little bandage in a day or two!!?
     
  7. Bird biz

    Bird biz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey, Thanks!​
     
  8. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    I have been told by vets that the fracture needs to be immobilized at the joints above *and* below the break. Do some research and good luck!
     
  9. Hennyhandler

    Hennyhandler SilkieJax

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    How do you know if a chicken has broken a leg? I have had a chicken with a limp for awhile now and there has been no signs of any problem besides the limp. I thought it could be broke but I thought she wouldn't be able to walk on it after doing some research.
     
  10. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Have you ever had a broken bone?
     

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