Chicken limping - cannot figure out the cause

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by PowellAnimals, Jun 13, 2016.

  1. PowellAnimals

    PowellAnimals Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 2, 2015
    Muncy, Pennsylvania
    Here is a video of my Dominique hen limping. She has been in a crate to restrain movement for the week and nothing has helped. I don't see anything on her pads and I can manually move her foot and nothing feels odd. What can it be and what do I do about it?

    The video can be seen here (it just links to my dropbox folder) -
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    When I have had a hen holding her leg up, it is usually a sprain. Look for any swelling or bruising along the leg, just in case it might be broken. Whether it is sprained or broken, it will need several weeks of limited activity. I would crate or cage her with her flock to stay familiar with them for at least 2 weeks, and evaluate her limping week to week. Put her food and water in with her, and add some poultry vitamins and minerals to her feed or water. Some use a chicken sling to keep them upright, and there are many pictures to see if you google that. Let us know how she gets along.
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2016

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