Chicken hanging upside down

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by K-Chick, Nov 10, 2010.

  1. K-Chick

    K-Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    NW In
    I have a feeder hanging by 2 wires thats twisted together. When I did chores today, I saw a hen with a toe caught in one of the spaces of the twisted wire. I thought she was dead, but she wasn't. I freed her and she can't walk on the leg. I put her in a next box to keep her away from the other birds. I don't know what to do about her. Any suggestions?
  2. NellaBean

    NellaBean Graceland Farms

    Mar 4, 2009
    Broodyland, TN
    My Coop
    I had the same thing happen.......a young rooster got his foot caught up in one of those hanging metal feeders. Total freak accident. Once I got him removed he couldn't walk either. I put him in a brooder in the garage by himself for a few days........he slowly improved and was back to normal in week or two.

    You need to isolate her somewhere she can rest for a few days at least.
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2010
  3. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    My Welsummer hen got herself caught on by her toe on the corner of a cage. She could not walk for a couple of hours and slowly limping around and she is fine now. All she had to show for is her broken toe.
  4. Nostalchic

    Nostalchic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Give her a little time to recover, which she very well may. With that mechanism, she may have sprained some ligaments and could fully recover, but won't want to walk for a few hours to a few days. She might also have dislocated a joint, which you could diagnose by feeling along the bones to the joints and feeling whether it seemed popped out of place. You might be able to pop it back in with a little traction and manipulating, though she won't like it. But if you can't identify that, just keep her safe for a few days and I wouldn't be surprised if she didn't start walking around a little. They are amazingly sturdy little beings. And fix the wire hanger (obviously) so that can't happen again [​IMG]
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Depending upon how much she flapped around and possibly strained ligaments and muscles it may take from several hours to several days for her to recover. A worse case scenario takes place if such a situation happens in the winter. She should be fine.
  6. mmaddie's mom

    mmaddie's mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Rest and time. [​IMG]

    This is not as much of a freak accident as you might think. [​IMG]

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