Designing a walker for a chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by costello, Aug 8, 2014.

  1. costello

    costello Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a young pullet who has no use of one of her legs. I suspect one of my huge dogs stepped on her. I thought her leg was broken, but a vet examined her yesterday and says it's more likely her back was broken and the joint separated. It's unlikely to get any better. I'm not interested in putting her down as she's in no pain and she's a sweet little thing.

    She's a 5 month old Speckled Sussex weighing two pounds (she's underweight and has lost muscle due to her injury).

    I want to design a walker for her similar to ones used by babies. She could use her one good leg to propel herself around the house. It would need a sling to hold the useless leg up out of the way. It would probably have to include a tray for food. I don't know if chickens can use those waterers that gerbils and what-not use? I could put one of those up, but she'd have to be able to get close enough to use it. It would have to be light-weight. It would be rolling on linoleum. I do have carpeted areas of my house, and it would be nice if it would go on carpet too but not necessary. It would have to include a pouch to catch poop. It would have to be tall enough to keep the dogs from stepping on it but with a low enough center of gravity to keep it from tipping over - or being accidentally knocked over by the dogs.

    Have I forgotten anything?

    I'd welcome any ideas or suggestions. Thanks.
     
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  3. costello

    costello Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's the idea, but it would have to be much small for the chicken. Her leg wouldn't reach the ground.
     
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