Dislocated Joint? (Please Help!)

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by imomateo, Sep 27, 2014.

  1. imomateo

    imomateo Hatching

    Sep 27, 2014
    Hello Backyard Chicken People:

    I have a five-month-old Blue Orpington hen named Shi-Yao. She is a lovely bird with a great temperament and is a good layer.

    In the last few days, I’ve noticed that she is walking with a bit of a limp. Upon closer inspection, I noticed that there seems to be a problem with her left leg. She still walks o.k.—albeit a bit clumsily—and does not appear to be in any obvious distress, but it is clear something is wrong.

    Basically, her left leg seems to bend bend inward to the center of her body when she puts weight on it. Her right leg is straight, and she seems to keep most of her weight on her “good leg.” See pictures, below.

    Has anyone dealt with similar issues? Could she have somehow dislocated one of the joints in her leg? What are my options?

    Matt – Greenpoint

  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    I am so sorry about your bird! Do you have a vet you can take her too? Some vets with avian experience might be able to diagnose and possibly reset the leg. I am not sure what to do about this.

    Try posting this in our emergency section. Maybe someone there might know what to do about this...https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/10/emergencies-diseases-injuries-and-cures

    I hope you can get her leg all back to good health soon! [​IMG]
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  3. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Sorry about your bird![​IMG] Defiantly post in the emergency area!
  4. imomateo

    imomateo Hatching

    Sep 27, 2014
    Thanks. I posted in the emergency area. There is an avian vet, but they charge $115 for a consultation (that's what you get in NYC) so I'll have to think about it and maybe she how she does in the next few days/weeks. It would be a shame to lose her.
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Does she allow you to examine and feel her leg joints? If so does she seem uncomfortable when you touch certain areas - that would point out where the problem is. You might try just putting "Dislocated joint" in the search box, that would bring up posts others have made on the subject and what they did about it.
  6. imomateo

    imomateo Hatching

    Sep 27, 2014
    Yes, she allows me to examine her legs and feet. I have attempted to palpitate her legs/joints to see whether I can find anything out of whack, but all seems fine.

    Another poster suggested it could be left sided weakness due to Marek's disease (she is the right age for first onset of symptoms). I'll have to closely monitor her to see how she fares.
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Sorry about your hen, hope she recovers.
  8. LIChickens

    LIChickens Chirping

    Jun 8, 2014
    Long Island, NY
    Welcome to BYC!

    You will find a lot of good information here. Keep on asking questions and you will get many good answers.

    You may also want to read the FAQ below.
  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    I hope your hen turns out okay!
  10. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    Good luck with your hen!

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