Limping Chicken ( & Mulberries)

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by TheIvoryKitty, May 18, 2012.

  1. TheIvoryKitty

    TheIvoryKitty Chirping

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    I let my girls out this morning and noticed that Dom, my Dominique, has a pretty pronounced limp on one leg. She's holding it up and only using it ever-so-gently as she walks around. She immediately went to a bush and laid under it as soon as I let her out. I'm assuming it's a sprang, but I have no idea.. I checked her little feetsies, and there are no cuts of anything out of the ordinary. She didn't cry out or seem to mind as I touched her foot and gently pulled her leg out a bit... I didn't want to pull it too far because I don't really know what I'm doing.

    The point is - is this likely a sprang, (would it be totally obvious if it was broken?) and could she have just done it to herself running around? And finally, should I be doing anything to help her heal or just leave her be to heal as she sees fit?

    In a second and much less pressing matter: Mulberries... are they bad for chickens? My girls found a mulberry tree with plenty of easy pickings on the ground and they've been filling up on the things. Is this bad for them?

    Thanks!!!

    PS: As you can see, she's holding her foot up ever so slightly while standing, but its much more noticeable while she walks.

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    Last edited: May 18, 2012
  2. bucky52

    bucky52 Songster

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    check the pad of her foot.could be bumblefoot.look for the black spot.i have a hen that is limping,she has bumblefoot.
     
  3. TheIvoryKitty

    TheIvoryKitty Chirping

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    Does this look bumble-foot-ish?

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  4. klmclain1

    klmclain1 Songster

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    Not really, but if you could clean her foot really well and post a picture of the top and the bottom of it, it would be easier to tell.
     

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