HELP! Femur (?) bone protrusion.

Mahealani

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Jun 9, 2017
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One of my girls has a huge injury which I believe is from my rooster mounting her. We didn't notice it because she is acting fine- eating, drinking, laying, leaving the coop in the morning and returning at night, foraging, walking, etc.- and her wing covers the damage. It is significant and I believe the top of her femur bone is exposed. It is also packed with dirt because she has been taking dirt baths. We cleaned it last night as best as we could and will be cleaning the rest of the dirt out today (it was like dreads). Is this something she can survive if her bone is indeed sticking out? She is acting normally now and she must have had this injury for days now (at least). Do I need to cull her? I have already isolated her.
 

BlueShadow

Songster
5 Years
Jun 13, 2015
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Nebraska
Can you take pictures and post them?

I am trying to imagine what you are describing and cannot. Are you saying this is a broken leg and the femur bone is protruding? I do not think so, or she would not be using that leg. Perhaps you are describing a wound that is deep enough that the bone is visible? Depending on location (skin only, or skin and muscle), possibility of a positive outcome would vary, but in either case, this is very serious. A wound packed with dirt is very contaminated, and if it has been that way for days she probably is developing a raging infection. The wound needs to be flushed thoroughly with water, disinfected (iodine is my preference), and she needs to go on antibiotics.

But those are just the things that I can imagine from what you described. It is impossible to really say without a picture.
 

Heidi Parr

Hatching
Jun 11, 2017
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I have a chicken with a similar problem. She was henpecked however. But it sounds like it's in roughly the same place, also bone sticking out in this case. My little hen is on day three and she's still doing very well. She's being treated with a hydrogel(that contains silver), antibiotics, Vetericyn(especially when changing bandages), and various topical antibiotics. She's also receiving vitamin supplements and is being fed eggs from very healthy chickens. And I switched her to medicated chick food, just as an extra precaution. In other words, she's getting treated as if she were a King. Oh, and she's getting bandaged thoroughly. It gets changed twice a day. So far, the treatment seems to be working really well.
 

Glenda Heywoodo

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Dec 19, 2016
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well now that you have gotten the hen isolated she will need some help healing.
First I would buy some Blue-Kote as it is very good for injuries of this nature,
Spray it directly on the whole injury and it will heal and keep flies from getting in the wound and laying maggot eggs.
If flies get in there the maggots hatch and they eat away at the body of the bird.

ALSO PLEASE WEAR PLASTIC GLOVES TO DOCTOR ANY AND ALL BIRDS when using Blue-Kote as it takes a lot to get it off you.
Blue-Kote is sold on Amazon or places like Tractor supply
as it is a medication for Horses.
It is totally safe for chickens.
https://www.farmstore.com/wp-content/uploads/158509_1.jpg
 

Glenda Heywoodo

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Dec 19, 2016
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Cassville Missouri
here is my solution to help the chickens body heal faster.
WET MASH PROBIOTIC RECIPE
for one hen
3 tbsp. of dry chicken mash or crumbles
1/2 tsp of dry flax seed meal
1 tbsp. of plain yoguart
4 tbsp. of milk, any kind.
1 tbsp. of unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar.
mix good
ADD TO WET MASH THREE VITAMINS
1-1000 Mg of Vit e,(cut end off vit. and squeeze it in to the wet mash.)
1-Vit B Complex (crush the vit B complex tablet into a tbsp., add a few drops of water to dissolve)
1-Selenium (crushed and add water to dissolve, put in wet mash)
now mix good and feed the hen twice daily for 7 days.
Then 2nd week
feed 5 times that week.
And feed twice a week for life.
Also can be fed to the rest of the flock.
twice a week with out vitamins.
Then one every three weeks put the vitamins in wet mash probiotic recipe.
THIS RECIPE HERE IS FOR ONE CHICKEN, TO MAKE FOR THE FLOCK MULTIPLY TIMES THE AMOUNT OF CHICKENS FEEDING.
ALSO USE HARD PLASTIC LARGE DOG BOWLS 12" BY 4 INCHES DEEP SO ALL CAN EAST IT.
This will help the hen to heal.
ALSO
add 2 tsp of acv to a gallon of water for them
such as Heinz or Braggs, sold at Walmart.
Do not add a lot of mixtures such as supplements to the water as chickens do not like it messy and will avoid drinking it.
ACV water they will drink readily.
 

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