Hen leg issues

Lucy Kenevan

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Our hen has had a limp on one leg for as long as we’ve had her. She sits around a lot and doesn’t like walking. Sometimes she even closes her eyes while she’s sitting. She also breathes pretty heavily but I don’t know if that’s related to the foot issue. Any help is appreciated! The left side from the picture is the bad foot View attachment 2177104 View attachment 2177105
 

casportpony

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Looks like her left leg is bothering her. Can you fill your bathtub with a few inches of water, let her soak in it for about an hour, then clean her feet and legs really well with a fingernail scrub brush? I wanna see what her feet look like all cleaned up, 'cause I think she might have scaly leg mites.
 

allanjensaft

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Our hen has had a limp on one leg for as long as we’ve had her. She sits around a lot and doesn’t like walking. Sometimes she even closes her eyes while she’s sitting. She also breathes pretty heavily but I don’t know if that’s related to the foot issue. Any help is appreciated! The left side from the picture is the bad foot View attachment 2177104 View attachment 2177105
I'd say this is 90% scaly leg mites from the images, you should quarantine the hen, bathe the leg in tepid clean water and apply generous amounts of Vaseline to smother the mites.

Some scales may fall (or be encouraged) out...

Fingers crossed!
 

LaFleche

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To me it does not look like this limp is related to her foot. If it is an orthopaedic issue at all it might rather be the hip.

Did you feel her abdomen, is it swollen and if so hard or squishy?
 

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