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Emergency I think with a chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by marvun22, Nov 17, 2012.

  1. marvun22

    marvun22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have 1 buff orpington that was fine last night but today i went in the coop and it had something wrong with her right leg. it curls up whenever she tries to walk on it. she will not eat or drink. it makes me think she has already given up. how would i heal an injury and could i force her to eat and drink. PLEASE answer. i want to save my chicken.
     
  2. Chefswifey

    Chefswifey Out Of The Brooder

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    it sounds like Mereks :( seperate her and research what you can do... Good Luck!
     
  3. marvun22

    marvun22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wait she had the mereks shot
     
  4. tomhoogstra

    tomhoogstra Out Of The Brooder

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    Whats her approx age?
    Try to feed her yogurt, and make sure she is seperated from the others. (I'm presuming you have a flock)

    Info on mereks:
    http://www.shagbarkbantams.com/page9.htm
     
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2012
  5. marvun22

    marvun22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    29 weeks old. and i just got her to eat some happy hen treats
     
  6. tomhoogstra

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    Ok, shouldn't be mareks then.

    If you have an old crate, box or anything you could put her in and keep her warm that would help.
    Make sure she can reach food from everywhere.

    If its contagious, it could spread to other hens. If thats the case and it does spread, Its worth taking ONE of them to the vet, because the vet will only need to see one to cure the flock.
     
  7. marvun22

    marvun22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    all my chickens are free ranging right now and i put the injured one in the coop and closed it. i don't have any yogurt is there any alternatives and is there anything i could do to help the leg. vets aren't open where i live until monday
     
  8. tomhoogstra

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    Try feed her meat. Not like a steak but like slices of strasburg or minced.
     
  9. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you can give her some scrambled egg. it is good protein for her.Oil
     

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