Help w/ limping chicken -- Video Added -- UPDATE!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ryan, Mar 12, 2009.

  1. sammi

    sammi Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
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    have you checked the bottom of her foot?
    check for any sore or scab, or possible splinter etc..
    or any heat or swelling.
    check the toe nails and between the toes..
    she may have Bumblefoot..

    or just a sprain..

    confine her in a smallish area with food and water and soft bedding so she can rest the leg.
    give her some plain yogurt and extra protein..such as cooked egg ..

    if she has a sore on her foot..(Bumblefoot)..she'll need treatment. post back if you find anything.
    lots of threads here about Bumblefoot.
     
  2. juliechick

    juliechick Transplanted Hillbilly

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    I had two birds die from what I think was Mareks this month. I was gone when one became ill. We tried to treat him when we came home, but he died. Then yesterday I had a hen that just suddenly lost the use of her legs like the rooster had. I did not want to watch her suffer like the rooster, so I ended her suffering. (She was very pitiful.)

    They were in a pen with two others who seem healthy now. Will the others become infected? Do I need to disinfect the coop?

    I hope this is not "hijacking" this thread.
     
  3. ryan

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    OK, I have just got back from running around town all morning getting stuff for our sick little girl.

    I found hypericum in 300 mg capsules. Your website says to use tablets, but I couldn't find tablets. What I have is 0.3% hypericum, 0.9 mg. I separated the capsule and dissolved the contents into 1 Tbs of water, and gave her 13-15 drops. Can I use these capsules the same as tablets? I ended up dropping the droplet solution about in the middle of her beak, and let it run down her beak...she would then open and close her mouth and ingest it (as best I could tell). Is this the right way to administer? I was using a syringe to do this (with no needle, of course).

    She is in the house in a dog kennel with us. She has a layer of hay for bedding, and fresh water and feed. I gave her some yogurt...she wiked it (all of our animals - dog, goat, and chickens - talk like little kids since we don't have any kids yet...so they say "wike" instead of "like"). We're trying to keep her warm and comfortable. I was thinking about letting her free range for a while with her sister, but not the reds, to make sure they don't harass her...is this a bad idea? Should I just keep her confined so she doesn't use her legs too much?
     
  4. MoodyChicken

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    Julie - Marek's Disease is found in the soil, so most birds have it but only a few birds get sick. It's safe to assume that your other birds got it a long time ago. If, by some rare chance, they weren't exposed, the incubation period for Marek's Disease is two weeks; that's the earliest they can get sick. No need to disinfect the coop, you'd have to sterilize the soil and stop your birds from shedding the virus... which is impossible.

    Ryan - that should work just fine. I didn't know it came in capsule form too. Be sure to use distilled water, otherwise it won't work. You want the solution to touch the top of her beak. So you drip a few drops on her tongue and let her swallow. Then drip a few more, and let her swallow. All it takes is a single drop on the sinuses. You can overdose her by tilting her head backward and dripping it on the spiney "teeth" on the upper beak. Overdosing makes the bird really sick for a day, and then they drastically recover. I intentionally overdose them when they won't recover.
    That's a great idea! Seeing her buddies will make her happy, and that will speed recovery. Last year I had a bird with Marek's who was isolated for several weeks. He didn't recover until I put him back with his buddies, now he's back on his feet totally good!
     
  5. juliechick

    juliechick Transplanted Hillbilly

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    Thanks for the reply.

    Ryan, hope your chicken gets better soon!
     
  6. ryan

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    OK, she's out with her sisters now. We'll keep an eye on her and if she gets tired we'll bring her back in.

    I may video us giving her treatment tonight and post it so you can look at it and make sure i'm doing it right.
     
  7. ryan

    ryan In the Brooder

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  8. mtnhomechick

    mtnhomechick Songster

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    Thanks for the video. Does she appear to be getting any better?
     
  9. mtnhomechick

    mtnhomechick Songster

    Jun 27, 2008
    Mountain Home, AR
    You might want to edit your title with update video added.
     
  10. ryan

    ryan In the Brooder

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    Edited title.

    My wife thinks she is getting better. She watched her yesterday more than I did. She didn't stay out long enough to get so tired or sore that she just sat down. We just let her hang out with the other girls for a while and then brought her back in.

    I'll add another video when we give her the hypericum to make sure I'm doing it right.
     

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