Chicken started limping a week ago & now can't walk

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by deedra11, Sep 22, 2013.

  1. deedra11

    deedra11 In the Brooder

    Nov 18, 2010
    Hello, I have a barred rock hen that is about 4 years old and I noticed that she was limping a week ago. Then a few days later she was walking again, but still laying down a lot in the yard. Now today she can't even walk. I looked at her feet & didn't notice anything, but I have been noticing a lot of feathers in the coop. Does anyone know what could be going on with her?
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Enabler

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Three things it could be are bumblefoot, a sprain from jumping off a roost, or broken leg. A fourth possibility could be Mareks disease, but probably not. Look at the bottom of the footpad for swelling and a dark spot. This would need bumblefoot surgery. A sprain or broken leg would need to be treated with rest in a cage. Give some vitamins in food or water every day. The leg may need splinting if it is broken. After a week or so try her out of the cage, and put her back if not better.
  3. Judy

    Judy Crowing

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Here is an alternate to surgery for bumblefoot: Note that I've never had a chicken with bumblefoot so have never treated it.

    The feathers might well indicate someone is molting, or they are molting. They use a lot of protein when growing new feathers, and molting is generally rough on them anyway, being uncomfortable and a bit of a nutritional challenge. If a chicken also happens to have lice/mites or a worm infestation, this could be serious, or worse, since all these parasites rob them of nutrients.

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