Chicken Can't Stand Up!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kitkat2498, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. kitkat2498

    kitkat2498 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This morning I went to the coop to let the girls out, and found my poor Elli trapped underneath the door that closes off the nesting box. It's not a very heavy door, it's just chicken wire in a frame,but I guess it was enough to pin her down. When I took her out and set her on the ground,she flopped right over. I've brought her inside and she's now propped up with some towels in a crate. Each time I let her try to walk she falls over, as if her legs keep giving out. This is the chicken that we've suspected has leg problems,though. She's always had a hard time getting up from sitting positions and she can not stand to have nothing underneath her feet (such as when we pick her up). She doesn't seem to be in pain,but she can't walk. What should I do to help her? Will this go away on it's own?
     
  2. kitkat2498

    kitkat2498 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After a quick,warm bath and blowdry, I set Elli back outside. She was still having trouble keeping her balance,but she is walking again. While I had her inside,though, I did get a couple of pictures of the way she walks and sits. Maybe someone else has had the same problem with their chickens?
    She actually stands on her own feet. When we first got her,she would walk like this! Constantly walking on her own toes.
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    And here's how she sits...
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    I have never seen a chicken sit like this. I'm thinking it might have something to do with whatever problem she has with her legs..
    And this last one is her walking. Is it just me,or are her legs seriously bowed inwards? What could be causing this?
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  3. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Try some multivitamins, especially B vitamins, the feed places or online, you can get chicken vits and electrolytes all in one package. I use a tsp (5mg) per 5 gallons of water, or for a gallon I use just a pinch.
     

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