Chicken with hurt leg


In the Brooder
11 Years
Sep 9, 2008
Vancouver, WA
My chicken (Emma) started limping today and her leg looks swollen down by the ankle. Would anybody have any idea what is wrong with her.
Have you picked her up and checked if she might would have stepped on something and cut her foot/leg where it may have gotten infected?

just a thought!
I'd wash the leg well with a cloth and mild soap so you can see and check for splinters or any obvious break in the skin becoming infected. The other cause would probably be some kind of soft tissue or bone injury, both of which would probably benefit from cage rest and warmth (warmth really speeds healing). There are quite a few options for poultices, if you're so inclined. Comfrey and plantain are excellent for swellings, as well as many others. Good luck.

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