1. lemon and company

    lemon and company New Egg

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    Aug 15, 2011
    I have a six week old leghorn chick. I think that she broke her leg (it is discolored and she cannot walk). Once she was injured, her mama hen stopped taking care of her. I isolated her. I have her in a playpen in the house, so that I can take care of her and so that the other hens don't hurt her. She eats and drinks when I hold her. I wrap her in a small dish towel and pick her up. Once I do this, she will eat and drink heartily.

    From time to time, her injured leg shakes uncontrollably. However, I have found that if I keep her snug in the dish towel, she seems the most settled.

    I am new to chicken rearing. This was our first and only chick to hatch (out of 12 eggs). We have had her mama hen, along with 4 other leghorn hens and one rooster for just over 1 year.

    I read in other posts that the broken leg could take 3-4 weeks to mend. My fear is that I am subjecting this poor chick to undue pain and suffering. Is it better to euthanize?

    Any helpful suggestions would be much appreciated.
     
  2. JakRat

    JakRat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
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    Well if she is still eating and seems happy she may just be fine. Did you splint it?
     
  3. lemon and company

    lemon and company New Egg

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    I didn't splint it. I am not quite sure how to - it appears the injury is just above the "ankle" joint (not sure what it is called in chickens).
     

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