Hen Standing on one leg

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kindir, Nov 29, 2009.

  1. kindir

    kindir Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a hen who was limping yesterday and is now hopping on one leg. She's eating fine, but looks a little puffed up and is not happy. I checked her feet and there doesn't appear to be anything wrong with them. I have noticed that she has a slight nasal discharge today. Any thoughts on what this may be? She's one of my better layers and I'd like to do whatever I can for her!!!

    If I could figure out how to post photos I'd post one of her. It's not Marek's I don't think because she's just picking it up, it isn't placed awkwardly or anything. And she can move it. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
     
  2. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Might have started as a simple trauma, but the nasal component says more is going on.

    Do you have access to a vet?

    You can certainly offer her vitamins in her water because Vitamin D in particular is linked to calcium production and lack of it can cause limping. Vitamins B and E are also involved in bone health. If you do, use either poultry vitamins or baby vitamins without added iron.

    You should segregate her and keep her in a warm draft-free room, perhaps in a dog cage, deep bedded and with a perch on the floor such as a piece of 4x4. Feed and water by hand if necessary, check crop and vent. There are viruses in which limping is a component, and you should check on Marek's and coccidiosis as a precaution.

    Another possibility is that it is a trauma, she is experiencing pain for the first time, and that she has not been able to compete for food or gain access to food/water and is getting cold and hungry.

    Can you describe her droppings?
     
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  3. kindir

    kindir Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you so much for your reply! Unfortunately I don't know of ANY vets in this area that take chickens - I've tried. Not even Tufts which has a large and small animal hospital will take chickens - it's really maddening. [​IMG]

    Anyway, I'll move her to the dog crate which is what I generally use for isolating sick chickens. I have not been feeding any calcium since nobody seems to have needed it - the eggs have all been fine - perhaps I need to start feeding it again? I was under the impression that if you are feeding layer crumbles it has all the necessary nutrients in it?

    How much of the vitamins do I put in ther water? I have a small waterer that has large mason jar attached that I use for the isolation area.

    i did feed her some freeze dried mealworms, since if my chickens don't take that they are REALLY sick. She gobbled it up with gusto, so she certainly has an appetite. I haven't seen her droppings but once I put her in the crate I'll be able to isolate which are hers and report back.

    Sorry for so many questions, but I'm a newbie to this and while I've been doing a lot of research, I have a LOT to learn!!! It's all rather easy when they are doing well, but when they get sick it's more traumatic than I'd anticipated!
     

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