Chicken Limping Why, Sherlock Holmes Where are YoU???

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by QuarterAcreFarm, Nov 16, 2008.

  1. QuarterAcreFarm

    QuarterAcreFarm New Egg

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    A Golden Comet hen of mine has been limping around our yard for a while. Several times I have investigated both her legs< but nothing seems to be wrong. She is continuing on as normal(laying,eating,being bossey). I cant think of what could be wrong. Any Advice or ideas?

    Thanks
     
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  2. Barnyard

    Barnyard Addicted to Quack

    Aug 5, 2007
    Southwest Georgia
    Have you checked the top and bottom of her feet for bumblefoot? It will look like a round sore. There are a few threads on here if you search the word "bumblefoot" I had a hen start doing the same thing not to long ago and this is what she had.
     
  3. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Chickens can also pull a muscle, and that will make them limp for a while.

    One of my hens climbed a wood pile and knocked some wood down onto her leg, was limping like she had broken it.
    I checked her over and nothing seemed broken, worked her leg through the range of motion everyday for a week and a half, then she just stopped limping and has been fine ever since.
     
  4. QuarterAcreFarm

    QuarterAcreFarm New Egg

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    thanks, how big would the bumblefoot be?
     
  5. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

    Sep 25, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    It can be small to very large. If you catch it early it will still feel soft but if you catch it late it will be somewhat hard. I had to deal with this my first time to and I was freaking out. It's very common though. It's cause by cuts or even bruising on the foot but then it gets infected and swells up thus creating a bumble. It's a staph infection.
     
  6. QuarterAcreFarm

    QuarterAcreFarm New Egg

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    What can you do to fix it? Her Limping is only getting worse? Is it something that only time will heal?

    Thanks again
     
  7. kinnip

    kinnip Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    If it is bumblefoot, then antibiotics and cleanliness should clear it up. Do a search on this site and you'll come up with a lot of info. If it isn't bumblefoot and there's no sign of injury, I'd assume it's a strain or sprain. I had a hen pull her fourth toe. It took a couple of weeks of shooing the roo away from her and encouraging her to sit still (mostly be withholding treats), but it healed completely.
     
  8. QuarterAcreFarm

    QuarterAcreFarm New Egg

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    thanks, ill go search it right now
     
  9. QuarterAcreFarm

    QuarterAcreFarm New Egg

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    She doesnt seem to have bumble foot?MAybe a pulled muscle? Shs basically hopping now.
     

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