Hen with Contracted Feet, Off-Balance

Wehner Homestead

Jun 18, 2017
I have a almost 3 yr old laying Isa Brown that got sick last Friday (10
days ago.) She had been more isolated the day before. She is eating/drinking as long as we keep things close. She is in a small crate to keep her from being picked on. She was with three other hens that seem to be fine. She has laid two eggs during the last 10 days that show signs of stress. I gave her vit B injections for 7 days as she seemed to be better one day and worse the next. Her balance is off but she still flaps her wings with the injections. She also recognizes my voice. None of the vets in our area have poultry experience. Her legs won't seem to support her weight and her toes and legs are curled under her. Any suggestions of anything I can do to save her or would it be more humane to cull her?


I Want Ice Cream
BYC Staff
Premium Feather Member
6 Years
Jul 16, 2015
I personally would cull. I have never been able to fix a sick chicken long term. As far as what could be wrong with her things like Mareks comes to mind, but that's just a guess. When a chicken can no longer can walk it generally won't get better no matter what you try.

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