Help, hen was stuck in the door all day UPDATE #53doing well

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ams3651, Sep 10, 2009.

  1. ams3651

    ams3651 Songster

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    One of my youngsters was apparently stuck all day and I didnt notice till my son saw her. My coop has a garage door on one end, I keep it open a little for air flow and the 4 month olds have taken to roosting on top of the door. I guess she fell either last night or this morning just her head and one leg were sticking outside. If you understand, the door opens up and there is a gap where the door comes out and the rest of the door is outside. She seems kind of squished, narrow. One leg wont bend back under her very far but doesnt feel broken or dislocated, and she cant keep herself upright, she falls over when laying and cant stand. I offered her some fruit and she wouldnt take it, Im making some oatmeal right now. She is alert but quiet, I have her resting comfortably in a box, my son went to the neighbor to borrow a crate so my youngest son doesnt bother her. She seems like she may just be stiff and out of sorts. Any suggestions on what to do?
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2009

  2. ams3651

    ams3651 Songster

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    she is eating some watermelon and yogurt/oatmeal but still cant move around, anyone?
  3. AWChickens

    AWChickens Songster

    Sep 16, 2008
    Bloomington, IN
    I would put her in a small cage in a quiet spot, I use a dog crate in the garage- with access to food and water. I'd also give her some aspirin, you can get it at most farm stores and there are several posts on here with the dosage info (search for aspirin). That can really help with the pain so you can see if something i broken, or just sore. If nothing is broken, they start to move around more once the pain is under control. Electrolytes in the water are also a good idea, poultry/livestock are not expensive at a farm store, or you can add pedialyte (sp?) to her water.

    I've had a lot of luck with 'bird slings' for leg injuries, but as long as she's eating/drinking, I wouldn't do anything like that for 24-48 hours- first give her a chance to heal and see if she starts recovering on her own.

    Good luck! [​IMG]
  4. ams3651

    ams3651 Songster

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    she ate and drank and she is sitting quietly. My son just came back with the crate but it will need to be cleaned. I will do that tomorrow and put her in. Right now she is in a box in my bedroom. The dog seems excited to have one of "her" chickens in the house [​IMG]\\

    her "knee" is swolen and warm and she wont try to use it.
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2009

  5. ams3651

    ams3651 Songster

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    does anyone have any suggestions?
  6. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    I would follow what AWC has said and hope for the best. Poor thing [​IMG] I bet you feel horrible too [​IMG] I sure hope she is ok. Let us know how she is doing in the am.
  7. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Songster

    Aug 5, 2009
    Middleton, WI
    I would do what the OP's suggested...confine, keep her quiet, offer food and water, possibly add e'lytes. It sounds as if she let you check her leg - do you think it's broken?? If it's broken, it may have to be straightened and splinted. You may be ble to find suggestion about broken legs and splinting them....Sorry, don't have better ideas right now. Hope she gets better fast and it's just a sprain or bruising around the knee. Part of this may be stress/lack of food/water while she was stuck. If she is taken food you offered I would watch for a couple of days to see if she can walk OK
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2009

  8. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    Aww, I'm sorry this happened to her. Things like that have happened to some of my hens and they've make remarkable recoveries all on their own. I sure hope this will happen with your bird too. The advice you've been getting is good:

    Keep her separated so other birds won't take advantage of her impairment by pecking her, and they won't prevent her from getting food & water as much as she wants.

    If she gets agitated in confinement make her cage darker.

    Good nutrition is important for healing & rebuilding, maybe extra protein & calcium in the form of yogurt and eggs scrambled in the blender shell & all.

    Maybe some vitamin & electrolyte powder in her water, or liquid baby vitamins (withOUT iron).

    I think that doing this will provide optimal conditions for her to heal, the rest will be up to her. I don't know what to say about her swollen knee/hock joint, I have a pullet with the same issue after being stuck in a fence all day. She's walking well without hardly a limp, I'm hoping Ma Nature will get that swelling to go down in time.
  9. chickenannie

    chickenannie Songster

    Nov 19, 2007
    threehorses seems to know poultry medicine, maybe you could PM her?

    I had a weekold turkey poult once that got stuck between a haybale and the coop wall for 3 days. We couldn't find her for 3 days!!! Finally we tore the place apart and there she was, but not squished quite like yours was. Anyways, she was hungry/thirsty but recovered fine (no injuries) that we could tell.


  10. ams3651

    ams3651 Songster

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    she is alert, no making noise. Just a little cluck when i lift her. But her poop is very nasty smelling and nearly liquid and white. Maybe from the trauma. She still wont stand but you can tell she wants to get up. Doesnt seem "squished" anymore and looks like she is just sitting but still wont use that leg, Im just concerned if I splint it she wont be able to sit. She is in a dark quiet place, and eating ok. Im hoping its just a sprain because honestly I cant figure out how she would have broken it. Oy [​IMG]

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