Injured leg

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by azhenhouse, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. azhenhouse

    azhenhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, I posted this in the duck forum. However, I know that a lot of people have experienced injuries to their chickens legs, and I thought I would seek advice here, too.


    I have had a duck with a bad leg for a while, and using just vet wrap isn't helping it anymore. I thought I would give it one more attempt at healing before I have to cull. The only options for trying to fix it is using a splint or a sling. I don't know if it is broken or dislocated, or what? It is in the knee/elbow part of her leg. It pops out when she tries to run or walk too fast, and she will stop and pop it back in. The attempt might take her a few tries but she manages to work it back into place. However, this is not a healthy way to live. The injury was caused by some over zealous Saxony drakes, that have now been isolated from all the girls. She is our most beautiful and sweetest Harlequin that we have, and the thought of culling her makes my stomach churn. However, I don't think it is fair for her to live the isolated life she lives (she is housed with other ducks but can't run with them), and for us. I think the only way it will be corrected is if she is not allowed to bend it until it heals. If I use a splint how will she sit, sleep, and lay eggs. The same question could be asked about the sling. Also, how would I splint it? Do I splint it on the sides of her leg, or front to back? Sorry to say that for this injury a vet is not an option. It will require treatment at home, if any is available.

    I would appreciated any suggestion on how to treat her. Thx
     
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    How long has it been this way?
     
  3. azhenhouse

    azhenhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Too long! It has been several months.
     
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2012

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