High stepping chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Morningflower, Jun 17, 2018.

  1. Morningflower

    Morningflower In the Brooder

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    My hen all of a sudden started high stepping/limping. I checked the bottom of her foot for thorns or cuts and see nothing. She will lift her foot and leg out straight and it seems like her foot isn’t very strong. What could this be? Can I give her anything, meds?
     
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  2. True Patriot

    True Patriot Sanity is subjective

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    Not sure. Can you post pics? When did it start? In the morning when she was let out or while already out. Has anything else changed?(eating, drinking, lethargic, etc) The more details you can give, the better chance of a diagnosis.
     
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  3. True Patriot

    True Patriot Sanity is subjective

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    And :welcome
    There are a lot of knowledgeable members here. Help will come I'm sure. Check out the illness / injury forum for now, there's a lot of helpful information.
    Glad to see you joined. Best of luck:frow
     
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  4. Morningflower

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    She (Dark Star) is not standing in the leg at all, holds it up and hops in the one leg. It started a few days ago and I first noticed it when she was trying to fly/hop around the yard instead of walking. She is lagging behind the flock and not joining in bc her mobility is limited. She is eating and drinking a little but not as much. We just had a hen (Ethel) pass away last week due to an unknown illness and now I’m scared it could have been contagious. Ethel slowly seemed to go blind and walk in circles then the other hens would peck her. I separated her for a few days and I was told rooster booster could help so I started all hens on that. But Dark Star all at once stared limpin. The leg and foot is warm to the touch. I tried to examine but see no scrapes or infection. When she stands, it’s like a pink flamingo, in one leg. But she would rather sit. I will try to get a pick and send soon.
     
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  5. True Patriot

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    If it's warmer than the other leg that sounds like infection. Have you given her the booster directly or in the flock water?
    @KikisGirls any help on this?
     
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  6. Morningflower

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    Here is a pic of her standing, favoring her left leg. Right leg and foot hang
     

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  7. Morningflower

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    Another pic
     

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  8. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Don't lie. Don't cheat your way through life.

    My first guess would be you are seeing the beginning of Marek's disease.
    Did your recent loss have these same symptoms?
    Please take a few minutes and read through this article.
    See if it fits.
    The Great Big Giant Marek's Disease FAQ
     
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  9. Morningflower

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    The rooster booster we got is pellets you mix with their food.
     
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  10. True Patriot

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    Zoomed in where the middle to meets the foot. Is that darker area between the toes an injury? Or had she always had that? It almost looks scabbed over.
     

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