Cornish X - bad legs, any cure??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ladyrua, Aug 13, 2008.

  1. ladyrua

    ladyrua Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 9, 2008
    Hello all - this is my second time with this problem, the first hen was old enough to butcher out, but this one is just 5 weeks old and too small.

    So I read that Cornish X are susceptible to getting bad legs, because they're a meat bird and can gain weight so quickly their legs can't keep up. They start sitting down more, struggling to walk, splayed legs, etc. This hen started showing the symptoms last thursday, and I isolated her on Sunday. The only thing I could think to do was put her in her own cage (inside), with a towel on the floor for traction, and just water - no food. I've been giving her a small portion of food once a day, but keeping it very limited. She digests well, she feathered out nicely, good color on her vent, eyes, and "ears". Just can't stand, let alone walk!

    Will this work? Is there anything else I can do for her?
  2. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    I "heard"--give them extra calcium, but don't know-never tried it and didn't have that problem with my meat birds.
  3. AK-Bird-brain

    AK-Bird-brain I gots Duckies!

    May 7, 2007
    Sterling, Alaska
    We had the same problems with our first batch of meat birds. The second batch we started controled feedings. feed them a set amount in the morning and again in the afternoon. This keeps them from gorging all day long and seems to have helped some.
  4. ladyrua

    ladyrua Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 9, 2008
    Thanks guys, I'll try the limited feeding! I've just got to find a way to stop them from mobbing the door everytime they see me coming! I am The Great Food Provider!
  5. sosanista

    sosanista Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 14, 2008
    Hello group. Glad I've found you this is my first post. I've had the same problem with 2 of my current 50 cornish x. Will try the limited feeding also but I was wondering what should the portion be? I've just been keeping their feeders full up until this point and realize that that might not be a good idea. My chickens also forage a lot as they are free ranged.

    Kind regards,
    Mendocino County, CA

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