Limping Hen!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by hickchick, May 18, 2009.

  1. hickchick

    hickchick New Egg

    Apr 28, 2009
    West Palm Beach
    I'm a newbie to chickens and this site. I hope someone has some advice for me. I live in South Fla. and have 18 chickens and a ring- neck pheasant. A week ago one of my 6mo. old hens started limping. I cleaned her foot, but couldn't find any cuts, discoloration or swelling. I've separated her. She's eating normally, but stopped laying. What now??
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Wish I could tell you. Let's hope it is something that is not serious. Perhaps she injured the leg or hip coming off the roost, for example, and the injury is something that can't bee seen, like a sprain. I would think this could cause her to stop laying for a while. Perhaps she got her leg caught in something, and injured herself while getting untangled. One of my hens tried to jump onto an upside down leaf rake propped in a tool holder, and got her foot caught in the rake. She limped a while but is fine now. They do silly things!

    Tell us a little more. What does she eat? Does she have a pen, or does she have free range in a backyard or on a farm? Have you looked at her body closely, for anything unusual on her abdomen, for example? Any sign she might have gotten bitten by a snake? How long has it been since she laid, that you know of? Anything unusual in the poo?


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  3. sammi

    sammi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    need to know what all you feed them
    describe the droppings..color and consistency
    have they been wormed? if so, when? and what was used?

    ditto ddawn..

    might try this giving this mix:
    these amounts are for 1 day..divide into 3 feeds for the day..give for 5 days along with usual layer feed.

    1 cooked chopped egg yolk
    1 teaspoon honey
    2 tablespoons plain yogurt
    3-4 tablespoons water cooked oatmeal
    add layer feed to make mix puffy, not soupy or gummy/
    also get some poultry vitamins
    Poly-vi-sol Liquid baby vitamins, is good since it has Vit. B complex..
    try to get Enfamil brand if possible, no iron..give 2-3 drops on beak once a day for a week then taper off for a week.
    a tiny dab of Vitamin E oil from capsule might also help.

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