Help! Limping 6-8 week old chick!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by JenniferC, Jun 19, 2008.

  1. JenniferC

    JenniferC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my chickens is limping. She's sort of the runt of the flock size-wise, thought the other chickens don't seem to pick on her.

    The other day I saw her hanging by herself in the coop while the others were out foraging- which is weird. This morning she seems to be hanging with the other girls, but is often sitting down rather than standing.

    I looked at her legs and feet and the toes on the limping side foot are curled under- not splayed like normal.

    There's no sign of injury or blood anywhere. I wondered if one of my kids might have hurt her, but I can't imagine how they would have.

    Also- a couple days ago she fell in the pond. She struggled to get out, but finally just sat there floating till I got her out. Maybe she pulled something? She didn't start limping till today- or yesterday.

    Do chickens sprain their legs?

    Has anyone else seen this type of thing?
     
  2. DuckLady

    DuckLady ~~~Administrator~~~BYC Store Support Staff Member

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    It sounds like a sprain. If nothing feels broken, just keep her separated and keep an eye on her.
    You might wash her foot and look to see if there is not a thorn or something in the foot pad.
     
  3. JenniferC

    JenniferC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks. How important is it to keep her separated? The other chickens don't seem to mind her. I have 2 Brahmas and 2 Cochins. The brahmas fight a bit for dominance, but all my girls are pretty passive overall.
     
  4. DuckLady

    DuckLady ~~~Administrator~~~BYC Store Support Staff Member

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    Well, if she was injured by being trampled you don't want to risk a recurrance. Likewise, you want her to rest her leg instead of trying to keep up with the others.
     
  5. sammi

    sammi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    check the foot, and between the toes also..

    check the legs, hip/back area for any heat or swelling..

    try to keep in a confined area with soft bedding to and good feed and water..extra protein...
    so she can rest the foot/leg.
     

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