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Limping Hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by CarlaRiggs, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. CarlaRiggs

    CarlaRiggs Songster

    I've a black Australorp, about 3 years old. She's been molting for a while, but the problem is that she's a bit lame. I think one of her legs is bothering her, as opposed to both legs. She nestles down and lays quite a bit... even when I've brought out some grains for the hens and scattered them about in a small area. It's almost as if this hen is too tired to stand. She'll eat some grains (has a good appetite) then nestle down, then a bit later will stand again to eat.
    There's no bumble foot; no swelling I can see. No pecking from the other two hens. She won't get on the roost at night, but sleeps in a corner on top of the pine shavings.
    This hen seems fine otherwise than seeming to rest quite a bit. Even during the day I'll see her eating grass, but lying down to eat instead of standing up.
    When I bring treats out, she'll watch to see if there is actually something to be had, rather than run over immediately. This has been going on for about two months now, and doesn't show any sign of getting better.

    I purchased some liquid baby vitamins (no iron included), thinking I would add some to their water. Is there a particular amount I should add per gallon of water?

    Any ideas for me?


  2. ChicKat

    ChicKat Crowing Premium Member


    There could be some injury, or an old injury acting up. I have even heard that chickens can get arthritus. If you have a vet near you that sees chickens, that may be an option. You could check with Peter Brown AKA the chicken doctor -- he is at FirstStateVetsupply.com--- They also have a Monday radio broadcast where you can call in your question, I believe. (I'm never around the radio on Mondays at that time....so I really don't have much experience with it, but I did hear it once...on line)--- If you want more info. on it---go to my BYC page, then click on the page that says charts-and-quotes...... and it has some info on that broadcast. Perhaps you could call for some advice.

    And of course....hopefully BYC forum experts can provide answers and examples from their experience.

    Hope you find a cure.

    edited because I am dyslexic... :O\\
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2011

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