leg injury


In the Brooder
8 Years
Jul 8, 2011
So a coyote has been attacking our hens. The other day he came back and tried to get one of our old hens. One of our roos tried to save her and lost his life. RIP Matrix
Now the hen has been limping ever since. I have her locked in a crate but I did let her out for a half hour last night. She will even use her wing to brace herself sometimes. If her leg is broken how long do you think it will take to heal? Anything else I can do for her?
Look for redness or bruising and swelling along the bones, swelling in the joint, or any paralysis. Broken bones may be splinted with padding. A broken bone or a sprain will take a couple of weeks to heal, while keeping the chicken caged (with food and water) to prevent too much activity. A B Complex vitamin dissolved into the water each day may also help. Make sure the feed is layer feed with plenty of calcium, or you can add crushed oyster shell for her to eat as needed. Here is a link about splinting: http://theiwrc.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Duerr_Splinting_Manual_2010.pdf

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