Her left side is limp...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by grasjm36, Nov 22, 2009.

  1. grasjm36

    grasjm36 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Tonight as I was cooking up dinner I noticed my girls heading up the ladder into their coop right on time... about 15 minutes later I peeked out again and my white fancy hen (no idea what cross she is, all white, pea comb, feathered legs, medium sized) was just sitting in the doorway on the coop floor. She had made it up the ladder rungs but didn't get up on the roost, just kind of sat there...

    With a further inspection it seemed as though half of her was not working properly. Her left side seemed weak I guess. When laying her on her back only her right leg would kick. When I sat her down she would roll to one side and use her wing as a balance. Then if I would sit her up, she would lean to the other side. I attempted to put her on the roost and with some effort she stayed but needed to lean on another hen for balance. There didn't seem to be any bones broken or out of place, she let me touch her all over without a sound. Its wintery out here in Idaho and I dont want her to freeze in case she falls off the roost...she smells so awful (the only one of 5 that does) that I dont want to bring her in my tiny house. We debated making her into soup at one point before because she doesn't lay. She is beyond egg laying age. I bought my girls back in September from a friend's flock.

    She is the lowest on the pecking order. Always last to eat or go in the coop, last on the roost. She has an open duct in her eye which causes it to constantly water. She doesn't really like human interaction (although I consistently handle her) so she doesn't make much of a pet. I still feel terrible for her though. Tomorrow I will be able to fill out a sticky about her, after I observe her when I get home from work.

    Any suggestions??
     
  2. Daisygirl

    Daisygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like she doesnt have much life left in her. Could all of it be connected? Mabe she is an internal egg layer, and the eggs are rotting...and she cant move because of that and is getting infections? Just a theory. If you have vets in your area that check chickens, take her to them - - just as a general checkup.
     
  3. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Gosh another member reported something similar yesterday, not sure if she figured it out...I think you had better segregate this hen for her safety and in case there is something contagious. She will need a warm draft-free place as you figure out what to do. Multivitamins in the water are always a good idea with leg issues in case she is lacking B, D or E.
     
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  4. grasjm36

    grasjm36 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I went home from work for lunch today and none of my girls came out of the coop? They have never done that. The door was wide open its sunny out, none of their delish treats were touched. The lame hen was off the roost, she most likely fell, its not even a foot high off the coop floor (the coop itself is high off the ground with a ladder leading up to it) and all the hens were surrounding her.

    Do you think they did because she can't move? My fiance doesn't think thats the case because shes the lowest on the pecking order, but my girls have never turned their beaks up to warm oats in the morning or sunflower seeds....

    I placed the lame hen in front of the grain bowl and she began eating but she can not move around at all...
     
  5. silkiechick05

    silkiechick05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is she vaccinated for marek's?


    Sometimes birds develop paralysis as a symptom.

    I hope it isn't marek's though.
     
  6. grasjm36

    grasjm36 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    no uggh
     
  7. grasjm36

    grasjm36 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well tonight Tinker did not make it into the coop. She was outside under a chair in a ball. When we walked up to her she scuttled under the coop because she hates being handled. We scooped her up and her right leg flailed freely while her left hung there limp. She doesn't have complete mobility of her wing but uses it as a crutch or a leg. I'm so confused. Shes alert, angry as usual, eating, drinking...

    I can't rule out the scary Merek's buuuut this was so sudden. She always seemed to have a balance issue and has never layed me an egg. I don't think she has internal layer because the problems would have started awhile ago, right?

    What is the possibility of a dislocated leg/hip? And can that be fixed? The only thing I can think of because of the sudden onset is perhaps she fell off the ladder (because her balance is already messed up) by a predator spooking her (there's lots of owls and hawks around).

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  8. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Please segregate this hen in a dog cage and get her out of the flock.
    She is continuing to injure herself and may be contagious.
    She needs warmth, no drafts and individual care until she passes or you can figure out how to help her.
    If this is disease, you could lose others.

    Some reading

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/se...forum/viewtopic.php?pid=3230291#p3230291#1135


    It will not hurt to give her 1 low-dose aspirin (81mg) crushed and dissolved in 1 qt water.
    Deep-bed her in a cage and start collecting more information.
    You may have to hand feed, and you need to get her thoroughly examined.
     
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2009
  9. horsejody

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    Consier Marek's as a possibility. It usually starts onthe left side.
     
  10. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Any news? Several BYC members reporting similar situations...
     

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