Help for Hobble

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SilksterTN, Mar 10, 2017.

  1. SilksterTN

    SilksterTN Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Meet Hobble. Hobble has always been my special needs chicken. She was somewhat listless and doing poorly when she was in the brooder, but with some extra attention she snapped out of it and all was well. Once she and all of her sisters feathered out they went outside into the main flock. One day I heard a loud SCREECH and looked around to see little Hobble laying on the ground looking half dead. The rescue horse that was sharing the pasture for the moment had his big foot about 2 feet from her. I can only speculate that he stepped on her leg because the leg was broken. Once again, Hobble came into the house and we healed her leg. Now, however Hobble's leg did not heal perfectly and while she can "hobble" around, she is unable to perch and I am pretty sure there's no way she can handle a ramp into the coop unless I modify it somehow. I have not put her back in with the main flock since they pick on her. So for now, she's in with the ducks but they don't have a coop like the chickens do. It's going to be cold tonight so I am bringing her into the house since she can't huddle up in the coop for warmth. Onto the question. I am going to be building a new bantam coop in the next month. Anyone have any suggestions, tips or ideas how I could modify it for her special needs? She is small, about 1/2 the size of her "sisters" and I doubt she will ever reach full size. She flies a little bit but not enough to aim for and hit the small hole that the chickense customarily go in. Any ideas would be appreciated![​IMG]
     
  2. lohoff1024

    lohoff1024 Just Hatched

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    You could make the entrance to the coop level, or a few inches off the ground, just make the coop floor pressure treated so it won't rot. Also, although this is not necessary, you could have a little box inside the coop floor, so she could sleep there.
     
  3. SilksterTN

    SilksterTN Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yea I was going to elevate it and make it about 4' x 5'. I am tall and the thought of stooping over or kneeling to clean out the coop makes me not wanna do it. I wondered about trying to make a small next box area underneath the coop?
     
  4. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Overrun With Chickens

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    This is my broody house. The reason I post it is how the roof opens. Yes the roof is not shown. I failed to get that pic.
    It is hinged and opens to rest on the run lid. I can clean this with a broom and dustpan with a handle.

    Perhaps something like this would work for her.
     
  5. SilksterTN

    SilksterTN Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. ScottandSam

    ScottandSam I'm still here. Premium Member

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    I'm sure you have thought of this but If not its a no brainer. During day she needs a nesting box that is low enough she can get in. food and water. at night you help her up in the coop and help her out the next morning. That actually not a hole lot for anything that's special needs.

    Or a elevator but then you will need to teacher her how to use it and that may not be so easy.

    Scott
     
  7. SilksterTN

    SilksterTN Chillin' With My Peeps

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    An elevator would be great! But actually I had thought about that. The issue is that we are often gone until it's oh dark thirty especially this time of year and I wouldn't be home to help her into the coop to a schedule. Just trying to come up with some way for her to make it on her own or provide her with a nesting area underneath the coop.
     
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  9. ScottandSam

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    or say a wheelchair ramp. Long make a lower angle and steepness .


    Scott
     
  10. SilksterTN

    SilksterTN Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was planning to make the enclosure part about 6-8' in length and just didn't much want the entire length to be ramp. LOL But great suggestions
     

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