Lame chicken


Aug 7, 2016
I have a 4mobth old hen that has twisted the joint in her upper left leg, it's red and warm, slightly swollen and the leg and foot hang limp...its been a week and a half and no changes, I've kept her secluded and she eats and drinks fine but how long till I see some healing?
Welcome to BYC. She may have suffered a ruptured gastrocnemius tendon in her hock, which can be common in leg bone deformities. Those can be varus valgus deformity, tibial dyschondroplasia (TD,) twisted leg, and others. Has her leg appeared normal up until now? She also may have broken her leg. Can you take her to a vet for an XRAY? Google "leg bone deformities in chickens" for some articles with pictures. Until you determine what is wrong, I would confine her to a crate or pen with food and water, to rest the leg.

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