Has Anyone Seen This Before?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SanibelLover, Nov 17, 2009.

  1. SanibelLover

    SanibelLover New Egg

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    We have a 4 month old bardrock pullet who was very healthy until last week. We originally purchased her, one more bardrock, and 2 buff orpington pullets when they were about a week old. We recently introduced some younger chicks into the coop with them (as well as a americauna who is about a year old). All were doing well, and then last week, this pullet (Patience) started limping. We thought that one of the others might have jumped on her when going after treats (these very sweet chickens all turn into vultures if there is anything other than their normal food around). For the first day, she just limped. The second day, her leg seemed to give out on her. We removed her to a separate pen, then the following day, put one of the buff orpingtons in with her for company. After 2-3 days, Patience seemed better, so they were moved back in with the others. She was able to get up on the roost, but then came back down and seemed worse, and we moved her to a separate pen yesterday, and she seems to be getting worse still. She sits back on her haunches (?), but will get up for treats, and still has an appetite. We believe that she is in pain, however. When she does get up, she isn't able to stay up for long.

    Anyone have any ideas of what this could be, or what we can do for her?
     
  2. StupidBird

    StupidBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Um, I'm just a newbie, but check the posts for bumblefoot?
     
  3. 3goodeggs

    3goodeggs pays attention sporadically

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  4. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

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    For pain, you might crush 1 baby aspirin (NO substitutes unless confirmed okay for chickens) per cup of water and see if this gives her some relief. Fresh batch twice daily if possible.
    JJ
     
  5. SanibelLover

    SanibelLover New Egg

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    We've checked her, and it's not bumblefoot. I haven't been out this morning, but my husband said she looked worse this morning. I'm gonig to take her some aspirin when I go out in a few minutes. I'm hoping that, regardless of what the problem is, the aspirin will help her with her pain.
     
  6. zanyfunster

    zanyfunster Out Of The Brooder

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    I recently had a 2-mo-old Ameraucana with very similar symptoms. I was instructed to feel the leg that seemed to be hurt, and sure enough it felt warmer than the other, which apparently is a sign of injury. I kept my chick isolated for most of the day and night in a kennel inside the main coop, so she could see the other chickens but wasn't tempted to move around. And I kept her well-stocked with water, feed and treats like yogurt and boiled egg yolk. It took about two weeks for her to get totally better.
     

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