Lame rooster

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by petitbleu88, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. petitbleu88

    petitbleu88 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 19, 2011
    East Tennessee
    Two days ago, I noticed that one of my roosters was limping. After close inspection of the foot in question, I noticed no sign of anything being wrong--no scabs or cuts or wounds. I felt the foot and the thigh to see if something was broken, but again, nothing. Could it simply be a sprained leg or is there something else that could be causing this? Thank you.
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    There are several possibilities -- a sprain or strain, a torn or pulled ligament or muscle, infection or other problem in the hip, etc. You could try putting him in a small space for a few days to see if rest will help. Some game bird feed might be a good idea for a while.
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    He probably pulled a ligament or tendon from jumping down off a high roost or other high place. Place him in a cage or crate for extended rest and relaxation, provide him with feed and water. It takes time to heal these types of injuries and you dont want him running around chasing hens, scratching dirt'll worsen the injury requiring longer healing time. Keep him caged for about a week, then let him out and see how he does. If he still limps it may require an even longer R&R period. Time heals.
    In the meantime, lower roosts and eliminate places where your chickens can jump down from high places.
  4. LeezyBeezy

    LeezyBeezy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 13, 2010
    Lancaster PA
    I'm in the same exact boat- roo has been lame since Saturday. I created him today- still out with the gals, but protected (since I found him witha bloody comb today). Nothing overtly broken, but he will not walk on his right leg. [​IMG]

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