1. EatMorSteak

    EatMorSteak Out Of The Brooder

    May 28, 2011
    Let my chickens out today and saw my barred rock pullet limping. Don't think it's a broken leg as she can move around pretty quickly. Just limping. How long does it take to heal? I have no idea why she's limping.
  2. HensOnAHill

    HensOnAHill Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 16, 2011
    yesterday I found one of my hens lying on the floor unable to walk I was really worried about her all day but today she is a bit better think that perhaps in the next few days she will probably get better. But if she gets a worse limp then before and then she couldn't walk. mabye you should search around on this website about why she might be limping.

    Hope she gets better soon![​IMG]
  3. Chicken_Pauper

    Chicken_Pauper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2011
    Southern California
    The first, top post ... a "Sticky".. to "read first" when you post a problem.. here is a copy and paste of it....

    (the only thing I would ask additionally, after age, is "have you ever wormed the flock"?)

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    Last edited by terrielacy (11/30/2009 11:00 am)
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Quote:Heavy breed birds are more likely to get foot and leg injuries than smaller breed birds. I recommend lowering roosts, lowering or eliminating other high places where they can jump down from. It's best that you put your bird in a crate or cage, provide food and water. She'll need rest and relaxation to let the injury heal. She shouldnt be walking around, scratching through leaves or dirt etc..,that can cause more serious or permanent damage to a tendon or ligament. You can purchase vitamin B complex tablets at a pharmacy, crush a few tablets into powder and sprinkle it into her food to eat. The vitamin B complex may help her heal quicker. Do this for 5 days then release her and see if she can walk normally. If not, put her back in the cage for a week with continued vitamin added in her food.
    Then release her again and if there's no improvement, put her back in the cage and stop the vitamin B complex treatment. These injuries take time to heal, much like a sprained ankle in a human. With chickens, it might take a week to heal, a month or more, or never....depending on the severity of the injury.
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2011
  5. Snack Giver

    Snack Giver Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2011
    OK my biggest Hen, Peanut has had a new big limp for 3 days now. I believe i heard a bird fall off the top perch 3 mornings ago. I have checked her legs twice, comparing both feet, ankles and legs with my hands. Both feel alike and look alike. No abrassions, no bumblefoot, no heat (infection), no swelling. I think there is no broken leg. So I have now been babying her by lifting her off the perch in the morning and carrying her to their soft hangout hut. I am also bringing her her own food to the hut (a semi-covered soft shelter I made for my 6 birds) so that she doesnt need to walk around. Her limp is not getting worse, but Im not sure if its better either. The other birds seem to be comforting her and at least 1 bird never leaves her side, even though shes not running around the yard. After doing many searches on here I believe a limp is quite common and can be just a sprain that will get better. Its been a couple months sice the original 2 posts. I hope they tell us how it went.
  6. Snack Giver

    Snack Giver Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2011
    UPDATE my bird Peanut quit limping on her own after 5 days.
  7. kobederek

    kobederek New Egg

    Jun 19, 2012
    i have 2 90 days chickens .the problem is that one is limping since yesterday when he injured his leg he doesnt have a broken leg or any infection but he limps and walks on one leg he eat and drink normally i would like to know what should i do. should i wait or i have to put a stick around his leg like if it was broken. i hope someone could help me thanks
  8. check the bottom of her feet for sores, stones, splinters, or anything else.
  9. BroodyChknMomma

    BroodyChknMomma Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 6, 2012
    Are the joints on the leg swollen? Have you checked the bottom of the foot he's limping on for any abcess or swelling such as bumblefoot?
  10. kobederek

    kobederek New Egg

    Jun 19, 2012
    no he doesnt have any stone or anything nailed in her foot and is not swollen . i have checked it again right now and he seems to improve because he is extending more his injured leg but for the moment he continues walkin on one leg
    i gave him b complex in his water it´s ok ??

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