limping not bumblefoot

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chicks, Sep 21, 2009.

  1. chicks

    chicks Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 18, 2009
    Bennington Vermont
    Hi there. I think this is to much of a concidence. Gerdi, my very sweet hen flew over a 5 ft. tall fence and landed on our patio. I put her back in her secure pen and did not let her out with the other girls. . about 2 hrs later I notice her limping and holding up her right leg. I brought her in and cleaned the foot and it all looked normal, no swelling, no redness or cuts. This morning I let them out and again noticed her limping and holding the foot up. When I get home I am going to inspect the foot again make sure not bumblefoot. . My question if it all looks fine, should i put her in a dog crate for a couple of days to rest her leg? She is a buff orp. and is 21 weeks old, not laying yet. New to chickens and she is my favorite girl. Any input will be helpful, thanks V[​IMG]
  2. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    She could have strain or sprained her foot on a bad landing. As long she is eating and drinking fine, she will let that foot rest while healing.

    If not better within a week, she might have fractured it. Wrap foot or leg with tongue depressors and VEtrap.
  3. chicks

    chicks Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 18, 2009
    Bennington Vermont
    :(Thank you for writing back. I got home and put her foot in warm water and really inspected it. No cuts or any signs of bumblefoot. i felt up the leg and no obvious fractures. i'm hoping just a sprain. I did put her in a crate for tonight and will let her back out with the others tomorrow
  4. nature nut

    nature nut Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 3, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    Hopefully it is just a sprain. [​IMG] One of our chicks this year sprained its foot/leg and was limping. She only wanted to take a couple of steps before sitting down and would sit most of the time. I let her rest inside and made sure her food and water were very close and easy to get at. In a few weeks she was back to normal and zooming around the backyard like a roadrunner!
  5. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

    Aug 17, 2008
    Larry, KS
    My Coop
    If you do a search using my name and 'pelvis' or 'limp,' you'll find other threads where I've posted about this. Chickens are notorious for injuring their hips and pelvises when landing from a height, and I nursed a chicken through a broken pelvis this Spring.

    She healed up and has a very sleight limp now, bu is otherwise fine.

    I would put the bird aside for her healing, and would also make certain to put her on a very cushioned surface so she can lay without putting too much pressure on her breastbone. They can develop sores there if lying around a lot.

    Make sure she's eating and drinking, and let her guide her activity level, but don't let her up high for some time- they don't think ahead, "Oh, wait, I shouldn't jump down again- that hurt." She should be restricted from heights.

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