My Newest Challenge. (Warning, Some slightly graphic pics)

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by Smartie_Pants, Oct 13, 2009.

  1. Smartie_Pants

    Smartie_Pants Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2008
    Madisonville, KY
    On Sunday, me and my mom got in the car to go into town. Just down the road from my house, there is a family that has chickens that run free all the time. One was laying in the road, and I thought it was dead. We passed it, and it raised its head up. My mom slammed on the brakes and I jumped out to check it. It had a broken leg, and the owners didn't want it back. Her foot was also severely craped up and bruized.

    I brought it home and shaved the feathers away from her leg with an electric trimmer. Then I splinted the leg with gauze and vet wrap. I betadined the cuts and covered them with a piece of gazue to keep the gnats out. This is what it looked like before hand.


    Then on Monday, I got some soft cast from the pharmacy and put a cast on her leg. It doesn't get rock hard like a regular cast, but it sets up very firm to hold the bones back in place. I wrapped a layer of vet wrap over the cast to try and protect it from getting soiled. We elevated the leg for a little while right after we did it, so the cast could dry, and some of the swelling in her foot went down.


    She's getting spoiled already, as you can see in the picture below. That's her "pillow." I don't know how the soft cast is going to work, but I am very optimistic. I haven't come up with a name yet, so if you have a suggestion please post it. She's a Light Brahma pullet.

  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Oh the poor baby! [​IMG]
    I hope that she does well. She looks like my light brahma hen, Chloe.
  3. happyhensny

    happyhensny Brown Barns Farm

    We have a Brahma, her name is Betty. She is absolutely awesome. They are a friendly and funny breed. Hard to say it but Betty is the favorite. My kids make up songs about her. We wish you loads of luck and prayers!
  4. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

    Aug 11, 2009
    Taunton, MA
    Dont name it until after it heals [​IMG] I had one of my cochins names and i figures thats the one that died ( this was like 6 mo ago) so maybe......Lol But if you have to name it something
    jennie from forest gump
  5. Smartie_Pants

    Smartie_Pants Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2008
    Madisonville, KY
    Well, its the third day and she's already gotten better. Her foot has begun to scab over and the bruising is getting better. She's definitly perked up and is now eating pretty good and drinking lots of water. The only thing I'm concerned about is the way her leg will heal. I hope she won't have a bad limp, but I guess I'll just have to wait and see.

    Should I put some antibiotics in her water? She has a few shallow scrapes under the cast that weren't bad enough to need medicine, and I thought maybe it would help her foot heal faster? What do you think? Should I just keep up with the triple antibiotic ointment, or should I add some antibiotics in there to help her along?
  6. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

    Aug 11, 2009
    Taunton, MA
    Good luck and wishes sent to you by the way@!
  7. Smartie_Pants

    Smartie_Pants Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2008
    Madisonville, KY
    I can deal if she dies. I've delt with it many times before, and I've learn to distance myself until everything works out. I can't use Jenny though. I had a crazy dog named Jenny that killed a bunch of my chickens and almost broke my leg when I tried to take away the body of one of them from her. Bad, Bad memories.
  8. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Poor thing! [​IMG] Youre so good for trying to help her!
  9. Smartie_Pants

    Smartie_Pants Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2008
    Madisonville, KY
    Thanks Redhen, I try. Normally I would have taken her to the vet, but my ducks got attacked by a coyote last week and I had to spend 80 dollars getting one of my females sewn up, so I just didn't have the money to spare. I think I did a pretty good job if I do say so myself.
  10. posey

    posey Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 17, 2009
    Coastal NC
    Nice job smartie pants, you are a dear.

    She is fortunate to have you come along to help her.
    We have some light brahmas too. I lost one who I loved and her name was Maizy. She was way undersized but very sweet, i miss her. We also have 3 others named; Princess Buttercup (the Princess Bride movie), Daisy, and Margot is our youngest one.

    Best of luck to you

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