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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Chi Chi Bird, Jul 11, 2016.

  1. Chi Chi Bird

    Chi Chi Bird Hatching

    Jul 11, 2016
    Trenton, TX
    Hi, y'all,

    I'm a new member and happy to see all the activity on this site! Can't wait to get started. Having said that, I have a question. One of our 3 mo. old Plymouth Barred Rock chickens suddenly started limping. She only uses her left foot for balance, puts very little weight on it, so she has a hard time keeping up with her 5 sisters. There is no obvious injury to her foot or leg...So, just wondering if anyone else has experienced that.

    Thanks for your help!

  2. limited25

    limited25 Songster

    Mar 10, 2016
    [​IMG] Welcome to BYC, nice to have you join us.

    Type bumble foot into the search bar and compare that to what you see on your chicken ... maybe that will help.
  3. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

    Limping can be the result of several things; common causes include injury and bumblefoot, as well as Marek's Disease in unvaccinated birds. You may consider posting additional information in the Emergencies and Diseases forum. Ideally you should check for bumblefoot and make sure she has no obvious breaks or dislocations first; if she has none, then separate her from the others and place her in a dog cage or crate. Use a small to medium sized one to restrict her from walking around to much. Watch her progress for a week or thereabouts to determine if she has improved. If she does, it's likely a simple injury. You can also try pinching the tips of her toes to check for reaction. If it's a symptom of Marek's, then it will likely be the result of paralysis and she will probably be slow to react to a pinch. Check each toe and note reaction time.
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  4. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

    Mar 20, 2012
    Hi and welcome to BYC! She may have just pulled a tendon or something, or she could have bumblefoot, as limited25 said. If it's bumble foot, then there will be a dark circular scar on the bottom of her foot (or feet). Thanks for joining us! [​IMG]
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Thank you for joining us at Backyard chickens
  6. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

  8. LearninMyFlock

    LearninMyFlock Chirping

    Jul 9, 2016
    Welcome! I'm new also and it's so exciting isn't it? Best wishes
  9. Chi Chi Bird

    Chi Chi Bird Hatching

    Jul 11, 2016
    Trenton, TX
    Thanks, I checked that and it's definitely not bumblefoot. No sores, swelling, etc. on her foot.
  10. Chi Chi Bird

    Chi Chi Bird Hatching

    Jul 11, 2016
    Trenton, TX
    Thanks. Not sure how to tell if she has a dislocation...that could be it. She is still limping but is eating and drinking just fine. she can fly up to her roosting bar and down. But, doesn't venture out much once we let her out to free range. We fed them the medicated food for a couple of months but they are on regular food now (but mostly natural diet from free ranging). May try separating her for a few days to see if that helps. She's very docile and doesn't mind me picking her up, so I do carry her from place to place when I'm home so she doesn't have to walk too much.

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