Chicken seems worse, not walking, eating, drinking etc. Help please

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Grace-Kathy, Oct 14, 2012.

  1. Grace-Kathy

    Grace-Kathy Out Of The Brooder

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    Last Sunday one of my hens (approx. 6 months, buff Orpington) seemed to limp a little when she came out of coop, it was like she was avoiding the rooster & then she took off running to be with group. Figured I was paranoid, being very protective of my babies. Monday, more notable limp but I couldn't catch her. Tuesday, limp, 5 steps then sit for long periods.... Now I,knew I,wasn't being crazy so I immediately started to set up chicken hospital in basement. I noticed her right foot & lower leg were swollen. She was eating & drinking fine. Eyes are clear, breathing fine, good feathering, no mites, no lice, no change in eye color, no scab on foot. Wednesday I noted she wasn't eating & poop was very reduced, watery & she was lethargic. I started to syringe water into her. Thursday I bought meal worms to encourage her to eat, swelling seems slightly reduced, started her on the tetracycline mix antibiotics 2x/day per vet. Vet seems to be at a loss, tho he doesn't do chickens often (most in these parts just butcher them if sick). She ate only 3 meal worms with encouragement. Friday she seemed a little better, ate 12 mealworms, more poop (maybe 6 all day). Yesterday wings started laying to her sides, didn't eat at all. Today I allowed her to see her sister to remind her what chickens do, she just layer there & her sister stood by her side for 3 hours. She will army crawl to a corner. I'm now force feeding her & crying. Any suggestions? What have I missed? Is it time to give up?:(
     
  2. stargirl

    stargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sorry your girl is poorly, I know how worrying it is!
    I'm afraid i've no experience of this so cant be of much help. It's good that uoure keeping her eating & drinking. Have a search on the forums for bumble foot & see if that matches at all.

    Could she have an injury on her leg that's got infected?
     
  3. Grace-Kathy

    Grace-Kathy Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the reply. I've done hours of research, bumble foot doesn't fit. I can feel the bones & don't seem displaced. But obviously something happened & none of the chickens are talking. :lol:

    Thank you again for reply & support!!
     
  4. stargirl

    stargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So frustrating! Could you try her on a few days of anti-inflammatory pain relief? Just to see if it's pain related, & help heal any potential injury. Its so tough when the symptoms dont add up!
     
  5. Grace-Kathy

    Grace-Kathy Out Of The Brooder

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    I will try to give aspirin also. Haven't tried that yet.
     
  6. Grace-Kathy

    Grace-Kathy Out Of The Brooder

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    Anyone else????? Please, I'm at a loss here. It seems she knows to peck at food but doesn't have coordination to eat.
     

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