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Chicken with swollen "knee" - limping

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Oahu Babies, Jun 17, 2016.

  1. Oahu Babies

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    My chicken is about 3 months old and she has been limping for about 5 days now. Her knee (if that is the proper term) is swollen and she doesn't put much weight on that leg. She mostly lays down, but occasionally limps to move a foot or two then lays back down. I have pretty thoroughly looked her over and haven't found anything else wrong with her- no sores, no cuts etc. I think she might have landed wrong when flying off the perch in the coop but I don't know for sure. She isn't showing signs of improvement yet, but doesn't seem to be in too much pain- she doesn't cry when I touch her knee. Do I take her to the vet? Do I wait it out? Do I give her anything for the swelling? Help!
     
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Can you post photos of her leg?
     
  3. Oahu Babies

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    I will tomorrow :)
     
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  6. Oahu Babies

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    This is her face. She obviously has some sort of a genetic problem... could that be what is wrong with her knee?

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  7. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    She has scissor beak or cross beak which is a genetic disorder.
    It's possible that her leg problems could stem from a genetic disorder that is becoming more pronounced as she gets older.
    Riboflavin (B2) can sometimes be helpful with leg problems, so it's worth giving her some B vitamins in her water. You can use human B-complex vitamin (no iron) if you can't find a poultry vitamin that has B2, just crush it up and mix it with her food.

    I have provided you some information on Scissor Beak and some common leg problems to look at, hope that helps.

    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/03/scissor-beak-aka-crossed-beak-what-it.html


    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/leg-foot-and-toe-issues-in-poultry-of-all-ages
    https://sites.google.com/a/poultrypedia.com/poultrypedia/poultry-podiatry
     
  8. Oahu Babies

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    Thank you so much!
     

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