I Stumbled In!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by nonil, Apr 5, 2017.

  1. nonil

    nonil Just Hatched

    Apr 5, 2017
    Hello to all you new advisers and lovers of chickens. I truly did come across you by accident as I was searching the internet for help with my unwell 'girl' -Isa Brown.
    My name is Noni, 69 and have had chickens for 16 years. Neighbors hang their scraps over my fence and gate and in turn they receive eggs - occassionally.
    Am so glad to find a website like this and will be recommending to two of may gal friends who have a backyard family of 'girls'. No roosters allowed in this built up area of Lemon Tree Passage.

    Can you help me please.
    Today I noticed that one of my chickens was hardly able to walk - wing hanging down to help her hobble and then she would flop down. And I also noticed that she had diarrhea. Comb is flopped over - a little. She seemed perfectly ok yesterday.
    It's the pad underneath - swollen and hot. Nothing in foot, not cut
    She's keen to eat and drink.
    What to do?
  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2017
    She could have ate somthing that does not agree with her.
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas and :welcome! Happy you joined us but sorry about your sick hen. In terms of the foot issue - it kind of sounds like bumblefoot. That could be causing the other symptoms. Here's a link that contains two articles about bumblefoot.
    It can be a bear to treat but I've done a little bumblefoot surgery on a couple of chickens so I know it's possible.
    Others may chime in with ideas as well. You can also post in the Emergencies Forum here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/10/emergencies-diseases-injuries-and-cures
    Hope you hens gets to feeling better soon! :)
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - great that you have joined us. I hope the folks on the ER forum can help you out.

    Best wishes
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Thank you for joining us at Backyard Chickens
  6. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Bumblefoot was my first thought also...I did surgery on 3 of my girls for it. I think there may be less invasive ways of treating it but the surgery worked well for my girls (the problem was immediately taken care of and they healed well). The ER folks will be a lot of help in identifying if it's bumble or something else.

    Best of luck to you and your girl!
  7. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under nonil [​IMG] Welcome!

    As you have already received some great advice and links to some good starting points, I will just wish you all the best and a speedy recovery for your girl.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
  8. nonil

    nonil Just Hatched

    Apr 5, 2017
    Thank you Golden Feather for your referrals and help re bumblefoot. I have done the dastardly surgery and it's now 10 days later and foot has healed but my girl's foot is still swollen and she will not put it down. She's learned to use her wings for balance and hops. But most of the time she will not move our of the layer box. Her diarrhea has gone and she is eating a small amount and drinking. I have been giving her a liquid vitamin C in a syringe to fight any general infection. She's so adorable and responsive.
    I wonder if it is something else altogether!!! Maybe her foot is fractured? Who knows? What to do? It is too much money to have a consult with the local vet. Maybe it is time to put her to sleep.

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