Hen limping with one cold foot

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickenshrink, Jan 5, 2014.

  1. chickenshrink

    chickenshrink New Egg

    Jan 5, 2014
    Today I noticed one of my hens (a 2-year-old Araucana) was limping. I picked her up and felt both of her feet/legs. The foot/leg that she was favoring was smooth and quite cold, while her other leg was warm and rough (as usual). Her feet/legs are dark colored naturally, but there was no color difference between them and no injury. I felt all the way up and down both feet/legs and could not tell any difference except what I just mentioned. I have a small flock (9 hens) and they have a warm coop with straw bedding. It's been cold here, but they don't generally leave the coop when it is very cold. She is eating/drinking/pooping as usual and I did not notice her limping yesterday. Any ideas what the problem could be? I don't have a poultry vet in the area and our regular vet has not been very helpful with my chickens in the past.

    I searched this string and could not find any similar answers...any help would be most appreciated. Thanks!
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Welcome to BYC. I suppose it could be frostbite if she got the leg wet and it froze from thecold air. More likely is that she injured it, spraining or breaking it. I would confine her to a crate either inside the coop to keep her place in the pecking order, or inside the house, to keep her from over-using the leg. Give her vitamins or at least vitamin B1 while she is recovering. After a week, re-evaluate her and watch her walk, but also keep an eye out in case it was frostbite.

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