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Lame little hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Goatpants, Jun 14, 2016.

  1. Goatpants

    Goatpants Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello,
    I am a new chicken owner. Just for eggs and inadvertently pets. We got 6 chicks and one is a rooster now. They aren't yet 18 weeks. One of our RIR's has become almost completely lame in both legs. It started with just one foot and now the other. I don't believe it is a disease by the looks of her. She eats and drinks and tries to do normal hen stuff. Her feet just won't work they curl up under her and she trips on them. I had to carry her into the coop last night. The rooster has started picking on her too because she can't get away. I had already decided we needed to put her down as humanely as possible...but I am the type that has to put spiders outside because I don't like killing them. This is hard. Any thoughts...advice? It is almost like she has a spine injury...but I honestly don't know if they get those.

    Thank you!
     
  2. Goatpants

    Goatpants Out Of The Brooder

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  3. Woobsie

    Woobsie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Was she vaccinated for Mareks as day old chicks?
     
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  4. BabyandCotton

    BabyandCotton Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This has actually happened to me with a Hatchery RIR. I gave ours fresh goats milk every day and in three days she was walking again.
     
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  5. BabyandCotton

    BabyandCotton Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Give her goats milk and cold water, and feed her plenty of bone strengthing veggies like carrots brocoli collards etc. Keep her separate in a small covered cage, so she feels safe.
     
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  6. Goatpants

    Goatpants Out Of The Brooder

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  7. HelloChickies

    HelloChickies Out Of The Brooder

    Keep us updated on how she is doing!
    Definitely put her in her in a separate cage to protect her from the rooster, with her own food and water. I'm interested to know if the goats milk helps her! Poor thing. :)
     
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  8. Goatpants

    Goatpants Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm trying to share a picture, but until then...this is something she can recover from? This is hopeful!
     
  9. BabyandCotton

    BabyandCotton Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My RIR did and she is doing great!
    Just, again, make sure she has a covered space, and have a dish of water and a dish of goats inside, and outside. Don't hold her either, and keep her dishes full. I hope she gets better!
     
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  10. BabyandCotton

    BabyandCotton Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When my girl got it, I thought Marek's,but then I decided that she had jumped from the roosting pole and hit her feet, damaging her spine.
     

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