Leg injuries

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by JonB, Nov 6, 2013.

  1. JonB

    JonB Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 8, 2013
    What kind of leg injuries can a chicken happen upon? Our BR was fine when I let them out early this morning, but is now limping around. I don't think it's broken or anything, but she did something to it. She's acting normal in every way and foraging still, she just has a limp and won't favor full weight or motion on that leg. Any thoughts?
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    The first thing would be to hold her and look at her foot pads to see if she has bumblefoot (swollen pad, sometimes with a black dot, and sometimes swelling on top of foot, sometimes reddened.) If she is active getting around fine and eat/drinking without problems, I leave them alone. If not, I would confine to a medium dog crate for a week, and give them vitamins in the water. After a week I would re-evaluate how well she can walk. The confinement may need to last a month or more, but each week let her out to check her. She probably has a sprain.
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2013

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