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


In the Brooder
9 Years
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?


Premium Feather Member
10 Years
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.


Premium Feather Member
10 Years
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.

New posts New threads Active threads

Top Bottom