Injured hen not walking. Need answers and help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kellz, Oct 14, 2014.

  1. kellz

    kellz Hatching

    Feb 27, 2014
    Hello everyone. Unfortunately, this has to be my first post.

    Two days ago I'm assuming 1 of my hens fell from a high roost in the middle of the night. I found her on the ground with poop on her back. She was limping and had really poor balance. Her comb had a little dried blood on it, too. But, I didn't see any visible injuries.

    I've kept her in a dog crate, gave her half of ibuprofen on both days and now I've added vitamin B to her water. She is worse today. Not walking. Doesn't have that big of an appetite, but will eat worms and some treats. Not her feed though. She does drink but, I have to take her to the water if she isn't in her crate.

    I've looked up mareks and I don't believe it is this. They were vaccinated at Meyer hatchery but, I read that they can still get it. She doesn't act or look sick. So, my assumption is still that she fell from a high roost and sprained her leg. I have pulled and squeezed on both legs and her wings and she doesn't make a noise. She has started panting though, so again, I am assuming it's because of pain.

    I don't think she's egg bound because I have seen her poop. Her crop is empty.

    I can take a video of her and post it on youtube if anyone wants/ needs a video.
  2. ArtGirl

    ArtGirl Chicken crazy

    The video would be helpful. To me it does sound a lot like mareks disease but I haven't dealt with something like this before so maybe some of the more experienced BYCers can help you.
    If she isn't drinking I would take a syringe and squirt the water into her mouth. If she's dehydrated it will only make it worse.

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