1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

chickens legs not working

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by schreiber90, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. schreiber90

    schreiber90 New Egg

    1
    0
    7
    Jan 2, 2012
    Help, yesterday my Americana was dragging one leg....I thought she might have hurt it. Today both legs are not working. she is still eating and laying eggs so not sure what to make of it.
     
  2. Chicken_Pauper

    Chicken_Pauper Chillin' With My Peeps

    493
    10
    111
    Mar 8, 2011
    Southern California
    Hi, welcome..

    More information is required... please.. and, you can use the Search here on BYC as well for specific problems and symptoms...

    Here is the recommended list of questions to answer when you post a problem.. or issue you want help with.


    POSTING GUIDELINES for Emergencies / Diseases and Cures.

    Please help us to help you.
    When you need to post in the "Emergencies / Diseases and Cures" section please make the title of your thread concise and specific. For example, to title a thread "HELP" or "URGENT" or "EMERGENCY", etc., is not helpful for us or for you. Nor is telling us "my hen is sick, what should I do?" A good example of a new thread subject: "Chicken got into the pool-barely breathing! Help!"

    Off topic posts will be moved, with an explanation, to an area better suited to that post.

    Give us the following information. The more you tell us, the better we will be able to help you.

    1) What type of bird , age and weight (does the chicken seem or feel lighter or thinner than the others.)
    2) What is the behavior, exactly.
    3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms?
    4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms?
    5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.
    6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.
    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.
    8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.
    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?
    10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?
    11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
    12) Describe the housing/bedding in use

    Remember that we are not veterinarians. We help based on our own research and experiences.
    We cannot monitor the board 24/7, and therefore do not guarantee we can always help, much as we would wish to.
    We should never be a replacement if real medical attention is required.
    If your situation seems to require a trip to the vet, please do so. It is always a good idea to know of an avian vet in your area in case your situation is bad enough that we cannot help. We encourage you to visit the Reference Forum and read up there before you need the information.

    Some important links to read:

    Links to disease symptoms and information
    Chicken Anatomy
    Friendly Reminder-PLEASE Quarantine Newly Purchased Birds!

    Thank you!

    The BYC Staff

    I would only add... aside from how old is she? Is how old is the rest of the flock and have you wormed them recently? Also, search PARALYSIS... you may find your answer in the posts related to that search.. Paralyzed, and Paralysis.

    Take care and good luck.​
     
  3. SimplySplendidSilkies

    SimplySplendidSilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2010
    Adairsville, GA
    When you say not working are they out in front of her. Go ahead a quarantine regardless. With this weather she would need to be inside or under a lamp.

    And please fill out the form so we can help you better.
     
  4. FrizzlesRule

    FrizzlesRule Chillin' With My Peeps

    440
    8
    111
    Dec 22, 2009
    I have a two year old Rhode Island Red hen, who is perfectly healthy, is laying, hasn't moulted. The other day I found she had no use of one of her legs. She was fine that morning and then a few hours later, I found her with her leg that way. No blood or bites, doesn't appear broken, but she can't stand on it or really move it. I have no idea what the problem is.[​IMG]
     
  5. mainechickgirl

    mainechickgirl New Egg

    7
    0
    7
    Dec 28, 2011
    Sounds like exactly what happened to one of my Millies, no injury's, no disease that I can see after over a week of quarantine and close watch. She's eating and drinking (I have been feeding her the Rickets Diet to see if that helped, besides for the fact that she loves it I haven't noticed any improvements) she's having regular bowel movements, her eyes are clear...... her legs still seem strong when she pushes against my hand but she won't stand on them at all. Sorry to not be of any help, it's so hard when you can't figure out how to help an otherwise healthy bird!
     
  6. FrizzlesRule

    FrizzlesRule Chillin' With My Peeps

    440
    8
    111
    Dec 22, 2009
    My RIR hen is using her leg. She still limps a bit, but she can walk on it. I made her a house pet for awhile and made sure she ate and got plenty of rest and I think it worked. She has also started laying again.[​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by