Chicken injured?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LibertyChick, Sep 15, 2011.

  1. LibertyChick

    LibertyChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,

    I was letting a couple chickens out of their run this evening before putting them to bed for the night and I noticed one of my 20 week old chicks, Heddy, limping. [​IMG] I don't know what happened or why she is limping. She allowed me to pick her up and I very gently felt her right leg and foot. I didn't feel anything wrong. My husband looked at her while I was holding her and said that her knee (I think that's a knee) seemed to be ever so slightly swollen and was warm to the touch. There did not appear to be any broken bones and she did not pull away when my husband was gently touching her leg.

    I am new at this whole thing from the spring and am raising them organically. I gave her some Arnica Montana pellets in water and she drank it...I also have a homeopathic wound recovery that I can give her in the morning. I then put her in the coop ahead of the other chickens. She had jumped up on her roost and was sitting there when I closed the chicken door.

    I'm not sure how she would have gotten injured. I have the run on wheels and move it around the yard every day. Sometimes, the chicks don't move and get close to the run walls as I'm moving it and squawk a little, but then just keep moving. The last couple days there was a chicken up on the roost as I was moving it (not sure which chicken it was as I didn't pay attention). Due to the ruts in the yard from them digging, it's pretty bumpy and she fell off. Could she have hurt herself from falling off the roost in the run that is about 15" off the ground? How about the roost in the coop that is about 15" also (with pine shavings of varying depths...because they are always moving the shavings around)?

    I'm not sure what I should do at this point. Should I separate her from the others in the morning so that she doesn't hurt herself anymore by having to walk on it? I have a cat carrier at the moment and will try to borrow a large dog kennel on Thursday.

    What would you recommend? [​IMG]

    Any help would be appreciated. thanks
     
  2. so lucky

    so lucky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My opinion is that if she is keeping up with the others, and not getting picked on, I would leave her with the others. Keep an eye on her, maybe use some blue kote on her back so you can recognize her easily in the group (don't use red!) If she gets worse or fails to thrive, then you could remove her from the group. I am not very familiar with the homeopathic remedies you mentioned but they sound appropriate.
     
  3. LibertyChick

    LibertyChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks So Lucky! I already pulled her out of the group and put her in a cat kennel and brought her in the house this morning. This evening, I was able to borrow a dog carrier to give her a little bit more room. At least now she can stand up. I will keep her in the house overnight and will evaluate her tomorrow.

    Some people I know told me that whenever a chicken has any kind of injury or shows some defect or somthing and the other chickens see it, they will kill her. I didn't realize they were so vicious and not accepting of others that are different from them...shame on them...hehe. Chickens definitely are not very tolerant.

    Someone told me when they built the chicken coop, they built an apartment in it. That's actually cute...the house has an apartment for the injured chickens to stay separate. That's actually a great idea but too late for me as my coop is already built. Maybe will do that in the next coop.

    I'm hoping she recovers quickly with the homeopathic medicine I gave her because it definitely creates more work to keep them separate.

    Thank you,
     
  4. nanawendy

    nanawendy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If she is still limping in the morning... I might isolate her, to keep her still. Our vet is chickenie too,and she said anytime a animal is injured to keep them still. They recover faster and may prevent long term issues. good luck
     
  5. LibertyChick

    LibertyChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We got our first egg of our flock today! [​IMG] She is 22 weeks and 1 day. Heddy was the lucky girl. Big Red congratulated her by jumping on her shortly thereafter. Poor Heddy! She's still injured. She's been limping on her left leg for about a week now. Not sure if it's because he's jumping on her. I don't know if it's her foot/leg/knee/hip or whatever. I did separate her for a few days. She seems better then starts limping again. Do you think it's the roo? What part of her would be hurt if this was the case?
     

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