CHICKEN LIMPING HELP

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickenrescuer, Aug 28, 2014.

  1. chickenrescuer

    chickenrescuer Out Of The Brooder

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    I just noticed my rescue chicken limping. She doesn't have a wound so I am unable to figure out what's wrong. She does have pretty messed up feet because she was a rescue chicken but was never limping. Any ideas??? Thank you
     
  2. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

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    Those pretty messed up feet are not because she's a rescue chicken, they're because she has a health issue. Likely bumblefoot or scaly leg mite, or both. Either one of those can be fatal, both can be very painful, even crippling. But both are usually pretty straightforward and easy to treat. Photos will identify which it is, or whether both are present.

    Best wishes with her.
     
  3. BayBay Peepers

    BayBay Peepers Overrun With Chickens

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    Could you get some up close pictures and post them?
     
  4. chickenrescuer

    chickenrescuer Out Of The Brooder

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    Here's a terrible picture. I'm thinking she might have arthritis because she was in a cage for so long...
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    If she's limping, she could have broken her leg or she could have arthritis. How long are her toenails? They look like they are pretty long and could be causing pain. I would recommend clipping them if they're very long.
     
  6. BayBay Peepers

    BayBay Peepers Overrun With Chickens

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    How long has she been with you? I'm guessing she's relatively young (could be wrong let me know). Try giving her some extra vitamins. If her skin is dry and scaly you could try putting some olive oil on her legs. It will suffocate any mites that may be there and help moisten the skin. Like stated above if her nails are really, really long you could try clipping them. If you're feeling extra ambitious you could gently massage her legs and help her relax. (maybe even a warm bath and a blow dry after)
     
  7. chickenrescuer

    chickenrescuer Out Of The Brooder

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    She's about two years old. I will try that. It seems like the most possible diagnosis.
     
  8. BayBay Peepers

    BayBay Peepers Overrun With Chickens

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    Often times a hen from that situation is going to need extra vitamins. It's not usually at the top of the list for egg plants or where ever you received her from to give quality feed. If you don't see an injury like a broken leg or something I would start with the food. Give her a boost, clean her up, and take it slow. She's probably not going to be cured over night, but she's in good hands and I'm sure she'll appreciate the extra attention :)
     
  9. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

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    Those large dark lumps along the toes, are they just dirt or scabs? Cage floors can cause some nasty wounds.

    Her nails do look too long, and one of her toes looks swollen but it might be the camera. I don't see obvious bumblefoot or scaly leg mite, certainly not of the levels that would be causing her to limp. Some purebreds have joint and/or muscle atrophy or necrosis issues due to lack of circulation, it's more due to genetics than anything else so a good environment and diet can't necessarily stave that off, but given her age I don't think that's overly likely here, it seems to be early onset.

    Extra nutrition is pretty much always a good idea, and in the rare cases where it's not the issue is so complicated it's not worth a newbie's worry and effort, lol! Way too difficult for most to be able to treat those rare cases, requires a lot of time, experience, knowledge and resources...

    If she has recently gone to living in a cage or environment where she has access to perches or things to climb on and jump down from, which she didn't have in the last place, in such circumstances many hens have not learned anything much about heights and won't break their fall using their wings, they will land flat-footed from great heights. Naturally that can do some damage, particularly to joints. Could possibly be that.

    Best wishes.
     
  10. Monaschicks

    Monaschicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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