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Hen hardly moves

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jed1154, May 10, 2011.

  1. jed1154

    jed1154 Songster

    Jul 10, 2008
    I have a buff that must be a few years old now. Not sure what happened to her, but apparently a week ago she flew from one roost to the other and missed, but hit it hard in the chest or thereabouts. She then started walking...with pain it appears. She had a slight limp. I could see no visible injuries. It has progressed to the point that she will pretty much only move a little in the morning or when prodded or forced to move. She just sits on the ground. Not sure what the problem is or if there is a cure.

    Any ideas? I believe she still laboriously makes it to the feeder and waterer, but she isn't looking like she is getting better.

    As a kid, chickens that ended up like this stayed that way. The choice to dispatch them soon becomes necessity.

    Anything I can check?

  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    She could possibly have internal injuries, not much you can do for that, sorry.
  3. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    I have to agree with Dawg53 on this one. If she is getting progressively worse from a tumble, then chances are she hurt herself somewhere you can't see. Keep her as comfortable as possible, but don't hold out much hope for her survival. Here's the recipe for an aspirin solution:


    Used as a general treatment for reducing distress conditions of birds (fever or listlessness) that accompanies many diseases.

    Dissolve five (5 grain) aspirin tablets in one gallon of water.

    Offer this solution free-choice to the birds for the duration of an illness. The solution aspirin equivalent to 25 grains/gallon or 324 mg/gallon of drinking water. The dosage rate is about 25 mg/lb body weight per day.

    It might help to ease her somewhat.

    Good luck to you both.
  4. jed1154

    jed1154 Songster

    Jul 10, 2008
    Ya'll must've been right.

    She died sometime between the time I made the post and the time I got in to check on her.


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