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Chicken acting abnormal... possibly pain in leg from former injury by a hawk?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Isidore777, May 4, 2017.

  1. Isidore777

    Isidore777 Just Hatched

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    One of my hens got injured by a hawk when she was 5 months old (she is now almost 2 years) and it healed, but she had a permanent limp. One of my family members may have noticed that it started to get a little worse... like she let the other chickens go to food before her, being left behind or pecked at. Now, just today, when I let them out to free range for a half hour, she did not come out with the others and I had to take her out of the pen. One of her wings seemed to hang a little and she remained laying down the whole time they were outside. She did not eat the grass nor accept the grass I handed to her. She kind of seemed a little tired. I am thinking the pain in her leg just increased but am kinda worried/anxious it might be something else? For the night, I arranged a separate place for her from the others with food and water. I am wondering if there a particular food or drink I should feed her? Or is there something I can do for her leg? Or if anyone thinks the cause is something else?
     
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Hi [​IMG] Welcome To BYC

    Does she still lay eggs?
    Do you feel any swelling or bloat in the abdomen?
    Is she crop emptying overnight?

    If you can take her to a vet, that would be best.

    It could be a number of things, the old injury is a possibility, but given her age, she may be suffering from an internal laying/reproductive disorder like Egg Yolk Peritonitis, Ascites, cancer, tumors or Salpingitis. Any of these can cause symptoms like lameness/limping, lethargy, going off feed and weight loss.

    Offer her some poultry vitamins in her water and give her some chopped egg or tuna in addition to her normal feed.

    http://www.chickenvet.co.uk/health-and-common-diseases/egg-laying-issues/index.aspx
     

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