Legs swollen on Hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by brianl0646, Jan 29, 2015.

  1. brianl0646

    brianl0646 Out Of The Brooder

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    One of my hens has swollen legs. I was initially thinking bumblefoot, but it's both legs swollen the same. She is moving around just fine, doesn't seem to bother her at all. Ideas?

    Brian

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  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    Are her legs hard? There are several things that can cause swelling in the legs, such as gout, mycoplasma synovitis, and a condition called osteopetrosis or marble leg disease. Osteopetrosis is caused by avian leukosis disease.
     
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    The swelling is soft. Is that good or bad? She seems to move about just fine.
     
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    With osteopetrosis, the legs should feel hard from what I have read. With gout or MS they would be swollen and soft. It's odd because the feet in your picture don't look swollen, so that is why I had mentioned osteopetrosis. With gout the feet would probably be swollen, they can be swollen with MS. I would read through the links to see if anything matches. MS is usually treated with Tylan or chlortetracycline, which won't cure it, but should help the symptoms. If a vet is available, they could be of more help. Testing can be done to determine MS easily.
     
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  5. dawg53

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    How old is your hen?
     

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