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My hen is limping. Help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by JPichler, May 4, 2012.

  1. JPichler

    JPichler Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a one year old hen that is limping. She seems to be fine otherwise. She's eating, drinking, foraging and laying. I have inspected her a couple of times and I can't seem to find anything wrong. What are the causes of limping? Any suggestions of what to look for? She is a Silver Laced Wyandote. Thank you for reading:)
     
  2. LCEchickens

    LCEchickens Out Of The Brooder

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    More than likely she just strained something if you can't find any obvious injuries, broken bones, or bumblefoot. Just recently on Easter morning, my 3 yr old white rock came out of the run limping heavily on one foot. She wouldn't even walk...would just lay down in the yard. I couldn't find anything wrong with her either. I separated her for a day so she could rest her leg, gave her some extra treats and vitamins (found that idea on here). I put her back with the flock the next day. She was still limping, but within a week, there was no sign of a limp. I did lower her roost (she's my top hen and roosted fairly high) and put a thick layer of sand on the coop floor to cushion her landing....she's a big girl! Although she was not happy that roost was moved, she has been limp free since!! Good luck with your girl! [​IMG]
     
  3. ChurkLover

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    Try separating her from the rest of the flock to let her rest until she can walk on it again. I had a RIR limping and I had to separate her for about 3 weeks but she fully recovered and is fine. You wouldn't even know she was ever hurt. As with prior post recommendation, vitamins are a good idea! Good luck!
     
  4. Jbrandt000

    Jbrandt000 Out Of The Brooder

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    Leave her alone, she will be alright.
     
  5. NoPlaceToHide

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    I've an han in the same situation, limp but nothing is wrong apparently, my vet said, probably a bacterium or sore throat...and now I'm administering an antibiotic and cortisone, I would help her with vitamins too, wich kind of vitamins can I buy please?
     
  6. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Did your vet actually see the hen? Did they prescribe the antibiotic and cortisone? A limp can be caused by bumblefoot, a staph infection of the foot pad that is characterized by a dark dot on the foot. It could also be from a sprain or break. Then there can be more serious issues such as mycoplasma synovitis(MS) that can infect the joints or viral arthritis. MS is a chronic disease that can make carriers of the whole flock. Most feed stores sell poultry vitamins, and Avian Super Pack is a good one online.
     
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