Door fell on the chicken, options?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by vwap, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. vwap

    vwap In the Brooder

    Sep 3, 2012
    Gah. Somewhat similar to the "Underfoot" thread, I've got an injured chicken... I was repairing the coop door and had taken it off and propped it on the side of the coop. It's made mostly of hardware cloth, but it's still heavy-ish, certainly much more than the hen. That said, I apparently propped it up rather poorly since it managed to fall over onto at least one chicken; it may have grazed a couple others, but only one is exhibiting symptoms of injury. This was Friday afternoon, so it's been a few days and the chicken is still around.
    She's three months old and is very obviously injured, splays out one leg (and sometimes a wing) and spends most of her time laying down. Her wings work, as I've seen her fly up and roost, but there's a lot more squaking and flapping then normal. When standing, she favors/stands on one leg, but not for very long. It's impossible for me to say what's wrong with her, but I can pick her up and manipulate her wings and legs. With the seemingly injured leg, she does pull it back, both legs seem to "work" and she's able to use all of her toes, as far as I can tell (at least, she seems to curl them around my finger). There's also a small cut under her wing.
    She has access to food and I modified the waterer so she can reach it while laying down. I've also seen her laying among the garden leaves/vines/etc. that I've been leaving in the run and pecking with the rest of the girls. Last night, she started on one end of the roosting bar, and this morning, she was on the other end (about four feet), so she's *somewhat* mobile?
    So here's my predicament -- she's hurt, but I don't know how much. I obviously don't want her to be in constant pain, especially if it's permanent. As cold as this sounds, I can't justify a trip to the vet (who's also one of the few avian vets in the area). Short of the vet, my choices are really to either let her be, or cull her; I've never culled a chicken, wouldn't know where to start, and the thought kinda freaks me out.
    Thoughts? Wait it out? Cull? Suck it up and take her to the vet? None of the above?
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2012
  2. PoultryGirly

    PoultryGirly Songster

    Mar 28, 2012
    Can we see a picture?
  3. what did I do

    what did I do Songster

    Apr 10, 2012
    I'd wait it out for about a month unless there is a sign that says it is time to put her down.
  4. vwap

    vwap In the Brooder

    Sep 3, 2012
    No pictures, unfortunately, perhaps this afternoon..

    Also, I opened the coop door yesterday afternoon, and she *tried* to exit with the rest of the flock, made it to the door, stared out, then just laid down. So I have to think she's feeling somewhat better, but perhaps it's still too sore?

    I mean, do things like this (say, if it were a broken bone) magically heal after a month? I suppose like humans, it would probably heal without a splint, but probably not "well"? It's just tough seeing her being so vastly less mobile, I keep going out there every day hoping she magically is walking again..
  5. casportpony

    casportpony Enlightened

    Jun 24, 2012
    My Coop
    If she were mine, I would put her in a box or crate, in my house and give her time to heal where it's quiet and warm. I'd also try to rule out any fractures and try to splint any that I did find.
  6. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Free Ranging

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    My rooster had a considerable limp from some unknown injury, no signs of trauma or infection, just a good limp. It gradually improved and after about 6 weeks was gone. Make sure that she is getting water and food without trouble, and that the other chickens are not picking on her, and she may be able to heal herself. Certainly it will take several weeks for you to know how well she is healing.

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