Chickens Having Issues Bending Leg

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Cyber, Oct 10, 2019.

  1. Cyber

    Cyber Chirping

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    I have quite a large flock of chickens, and for a while now (~2 weeks) one of our older hens (Georgette) has been having trouble bending one of her legs, and it's causing her a lot of trouble moving. We first thought that she'd simply sprained her leg, and it should heal after a while, but recently a second, much younger, hen (Houdini/Hendini) has developed that problem as well, so now we aren't so sure.

    Summary: Two adult hens can't bend one of their legs easily, had it for 2 weeks and 1 day respectively, not sure if it's coincidence or some disease.

    (Note: It doesn't seem to be Bumblefoot or eggbound)
     
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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Great Horny Toads

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    What's older? Could be arthritis. What type of roosts?
     
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    About 4 years old, and they very determinedly love to perch on our porch fence. The younger one is a little under a year old.

    Also, the older one is an Isa Brown/Silkie mix, and the younger is Isa Brown/Silkie/Araucana.
     
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    oldhenlikesdogs Great Horny Toads

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    Do they have feathered feet? What the porch fence made of? Shape of? So they aren't inside at night? You must be somewhere warm?
     
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    Hendini has feathered feet, the porch fence is wood, fence has flat tops, they're outside, and we live in Australia so it's getting pretty warm.
     
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    oldhenlikesdogs Great Horny Toads

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    Check those foot feathers. Sometimes they get pokey or broke off, and can cause problems. Just an idea.
     
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    Well, I now think it's likely just a coincidence that these problems happened at the same time, Hendini just hurt her leg somehow, but Georgette is plain and simply dying. She's been a pretty good hen in the time we've had her, but we think we might need to put her down. :( Thanks for all the thoughts and suggestions.
     
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    oldhenlikesdogs Great Horny Toads

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    Sorry to hear that. :hmm
     
  9. Cyber

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    We've been keeping Georgette inside, giving her some painkiller.

    I got some video of Hendini having issues walking, has anybody seen this before?
     
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