hen with swollen, yellow leg

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by suse, Oct 21, 2013.

  1. suse

    suse New Egg

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    Hi all,
    I have a 1.5 yr old Speckled Sussex hen with a swollen leg (the feathered part of her leg-aka tibia/fibula). When you press on it lightly it looks and feels like the fat like you see on a butchered hen, but her other leg is so much more slender and lean. The skin of the lower part of her swollen leg is yellow and feels puffy while the rest of it is of normal coloration. She is not limping but does sit around more than the rest of the flock and as top bird she is not dishing out the pecks very often right now. She is eating fairly well and has normal poops. Her leg does seem a bit warm compared to the other one. Her temp (taken between her leg and body was 105 F - same temp as her coopmate sussex). Anyone have any ideas? My family and are I are worried about her - she's not her snappy self.
     
  2. SpeckledHills

    SpeckledHills Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Might not be the case at all, but with sudden leg problems, it's always wise to check for a slipped tendon. There are instructions on that on my Poultry Podiatry page on the site linked in my sig below.
    Best wishes!
     
  3. suse

    suse New Egg

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    Good news! The Speckled Sussex's leg is almost back to normal again. It was yellow and puffy and felt like one of those fat tumors under the skin (like the yellow fat you see on poultry but all concentrated above her hock joint). She never limped or acted like it was painful. Has anyone experienced this? I was wondering whether it was related to molting-some temporary metabolic thing?
    Thanks for reading!
     
  4. SpeckledHills

    SpeckledHills Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds very unusual! I've never heard of that happening.
    I'm glad she's getting better from whatever it was. [​IMG]
     
  5. Beaky Buzzard

    Beaky Buzzard Chillin' With My Peeps

    Glad shes doing better!
     

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