Limping Hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sadieH5836, Aug 22, 2008.

  1. sadieH5836

    sadieH5836 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 27, 2007
    Egg Harbor
    I have a young hen that has developed a limp. I can't see anything on her foot or leg. When I pick her up and turn her over she curls her foot up. When I touch it she doesn't flinch or struggle. She does stand on it but hops around. She is eating and drinking fine. Is there anything else I can do for her?
  2. kellim

    kellim Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 19, 2008
    SC, GA Border
    Hmm, perhaps Marecks? I have no idea other than that but this should bump your post to the top for more to see it.
  3. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    Did you check for bumblefoot?
  4. verthandi

    verthandi Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 18, 2007
    I have had one here with something similar. No visible damage to the leg, but was hopping. I separated her and put a baby aspirin in her water. No improvement but was still eating and drinking well. I checked her leg compared to the other leg and the only difference was she would hold the injured leg out straight and the toes were also straight ahead sometimes or curled other times.

    After watching her for a couple of days it looked like her hock was not holding her weight. I think she might have injured it jumping down from the roost or caught it in something outside. A little vet wrap around her whole leg has given the leg more support and it is healing. Slowly.

    It took me several days to figure out where it was injured.

    Best wishes with your hen, this might be way off from what your girl has, but just thought I would post the information in case she is acting similarly.
  5. RosieW

    RosieW New Egg

    Aug 15, 2008
    The Gorge
    I came on here tonight to inquire about my limping hen also. I cannot find anything swollen, red or visibly broken.

    What would be the signs of Merecks?
  6. momto4boys

    momto4boys New Egg

    Sep 10, 2008
    Elkridge, MD
    Same here, we have a NH red that came out limping this am. My husband thinks it may be a broken leg from jumping off something?????? I thought we should splint it, any suggestions?
  7. siz8003

    siz8003 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 31, 2007
    [​IMG] I have a limper too!! I dont see anything wrong though.

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