Broken or fracture leg? Have I done all I can?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Rocky Top Chick, Jan 18, 2010.

  1. Rocky Top Chick

    Rocky Top Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yesterday our EE started hopping so today I checked her over. She apparently has a broken or fractured leg. I found the site about half way up her leg and it is swollen and a small amount of blood. I put a splint on her and wrapped in vet tape. She is now in the house in a cage with scrambled eggs and feed to eat. I tried to give her vitamin water but she would not drink, so I changed out to regular water. She was on the front porch all day in the nice weather and is inside the house tonight. Is there anything else I can do for her? She does not seem too uncomfortable. I have no idea what happened to her. Hopefully it is just a fracture nd not a complete break. Thanks for any suggestions.

    Debbie
     
  2. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

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    If her foot swells or gets real cold and pale, you have the vet wrap too tight, readjust. Check for this every once in a while. Did you clean the bloody site? you should remove splint and clean with plain saline once a day if the skin is broken. 1/4 teaspoon in a cup of water.
     
  3. Rocky Top Chick

    Rocky Top Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, I did put ointment on the broken skin.
     
  4. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    I have my neighbor's chicken with a broken leg. It's splinted, I don't want to take off the splint unless I have to or at least a week. I feel her toes to make sure they're warm. (I think if mine had a skin injury, I'd not wait a week to look). She's in a crate with lots of good food offered, water. I put the vitamin/electrolyte in the food (oatmeal suprise). Yesterday she looked uncomfortable (panting) so I gave her 1/2 a baby aspirin. Today she's back to being curious and calm. Eating like a pig now. I had to trim her hiney feathers because of the poop stuck to them.

    I think you're doing a good job [​IMG]
     
  5. Rocky Top Chick

    Rocky Top Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks for the encouragement, I need it. She seems to be doing well, no panting or anything unusual. I hate it happened to her, but have no idea why. I think I will leave the splint on for few days before I recheck. On top of this she is molting and I feel so sorry for her !!!
     
  6. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    I think they always have to molt when they're sick or hurt to make it look like they're REALLY sick [​IMG]

    I wonder if supplementing calcium is good for chickens with broken legs?
     

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