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My rooster hurt his foot or leg

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Lynette, Dec 20, 2010.

  1. Lynette

    Lynette Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yesterday morning when I went out to take care of my chickens, I noticed one of my roosters was trying not to walk on one of his legs. I don't know what happened. I am not sure if he hurt his foot or his leg or even how bad it is. I brought him in the house in a box. I called my vet this morning, but of course, he treats every other barnyard animal. I guess the only thing I can do is to nurse him back to health myself. I just wish I knew what is hurt on him, but I don't know how to tell. Has anyone else had this and did it heal?
     
  2. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

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    Try to get him in an area where he doesn't have to jump up or down off of anything for at least a few days, either by providing easy steps to his perch or some other arrangement. Crush one 81 mg baby aspirin into a cup of drinking water (or five 325 mg aspirins per gallon) = fresh batch at least daily. If he got a sprain he should start to get relief but it could take a few weeks before he recovers. Watch for any other signs of ailing that would point to something other than a sprain but hopefully that's all it is. Are you certain he wasn't attacked by any preds?
    JJ
     
  3. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

  4. Lynette

    Lynette Chillin' With My Peeps

    I was just looking at the bottom of his foot and it looks normal. My chickens are locked in their coop all night, so it wasn't a predator. He is eating and drinking and making his usual noises, so I am hopeful that he will recover. He is trying to stand on it but he wobbles and uses his wings to try to balance. I don't have a perch in the box because I don't think he can stay on one if I did. I will try the baby aspirin.
     
  5. Silkie Sue

    Silkie Sue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    is he limping? or is he holding his hurt leg straight back behind him?
    i have a Silkie white hen i just brought in this morning that is doing those things... if i get any info i'll let you know
    good luck!!!
     
  6. Lynette

    Lynette Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well, he is standing a little better on his leg. Although still wobbly. Now his poop is abnormal. It is watery and reddish. I don't know what is wrong with him. I thought he was getting better and his leg was the only problem, but now that his poop isn't normal, I don't think so. Can someone please tell me what it means?
     
  7. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

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    Oh dear. How is your roo doing now? [​IMG]

    JJ
     
  8. Silkie Sue

    Silkie Sue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    is he getting better???
    my silkie i think is paralyzed...
    i will post today
    good luck with your guy
     
  9. Sandbellie

    Sandbellie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This very thing happened to my hen earlier this year. I couldn't find her anywhere, and then finally I found her in the corner of the coop hiding. She was laying down with her head in the corner of the wall. So I picked her up and felt that she had not eaten anything yet, and it was later in the day. So I know it happened over night. She acted a bit drowsy so I tried to make her stand, and she just laid down and fanned her wing out. So I brought her inside and kept an eye on her, but she still didn't want to stand up. So I decided to bring her to a vet that would take a chicken, and it turned out that she broke a bone in her leg. Shes fine now, almost a year later. But she does have a limp and it bothers her in the cold weather. But she manages. I never knew what happen to her, or how she broke her leg.

    My best advice is to just keep him inside. And try to find a vet that will take him in. There has to be someone out there.

    Good luck!
     
  10. Lynette

    Lynette Chillin' With My Peeps

    He is still limping, but his poop did go back to normal. It was only watery that one time, so not sure what that was all about. The only thing I can think of is he jumped down and hurt himself. There is no other explanation. I just wish it would heal. I am afraid the others will be mean to him if they realize he is hurt. So far so good on that.
     

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