Dog attacked hen...broken/dislocated?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by amarsano, Nov 22, 2019.

  1. amarsano

    amarsano Hatching

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    So a friend's dog broke through our fence and got one of my girls yesterday around 5. She's a 7 month old rhode island red. I've never had chickens before. When I got to her, she seemed in shock so I wrapped her and sat with her. I brought her in and crated her for the night. She is defecating, and drinking water, but not eating. She puts minimal weight on one leg and seems either collapsed or protruding on one side. I'm trying to find a local chicken vet, but I'm having trouble. Any advice?
     

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  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    The leg does...or....?
    Any open wounds?
    Good that she's drinking...and may eat in time, give her something irresistible.

    One of my first thoughts at seeing the pics....boy, that floor is gonna be hard to clean up!

    @amarsano would help to know....
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    Please add your general geographical location to your profile.
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  3. amarsano

    amarsano Hatching

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    Okay, so I updated my area. I'm in Southern New Hampshire. She's been moved to a flat floor that is easier for cleanup :) No open wounds, she's walking more now, but seems slow, which is fine. Honestly, she seems "unbalanced". Not that she can't keep her balance, but that she is no longer symmetrical looking.
    I've kept her inside last night, but am moving her to my garage, as I don't want her to get used to the heat. Plus, she seriously smells with all the poop.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Did you scroll down and hit 'save'?

    Where does she look asymmetrical?
    Is she just limping?
    Taking a video would really help here.
    Must be uploaded to youtube then linked here.

    I'd just give her some time and keep an eye on her...getting her to eat is important to check crop and pooper function.
     
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  5. BigBlueHen53

    BigBlueHen53 Crowing

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    Sorry your hen got hurt, bug glad she survived. Following to see how she does. Good luck!
     
  6. coach723

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    This , attached below, will help explain how to examine for any breaks or fractures. If you can identify the bone location where the issue is (illustration in the document below), that may help get suggestions. Without an xray, then physical examination is all you have to try to narrow it down.
     

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  7. amarsano

    amarsano Hatching

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    Thank you! Exactly what I was looking for. She seems to be on the mend. She definitely poops, and is walking some. Also has started eating. Crossing my fingers!
     
  8. coach723

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    Then hopefully it's just a sprain/strain, which is not uncommon. It could take some time, but hopefully she will continue to improve.
     

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