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NEED HELP! Advised to put down sick BR!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by julietma, Nov 14, 2008.

  1. julietma

    julietma In the Brooder

    Jul 8, 2008
    My hen is about seven months old and typically free-ranges around the yard, eating grass, bugs, whatever. I feed her layena, supplement with oyster shell, and plenty of fruit and veg. She is a Barred Rock - my very first chicken, a rescue I got in June - and she started limping 10 days ago or so. Since then she has progressively gotten worse.

    Now she can't support her own weight at all. She topples if I try to stand her up. She's eating and drinking very little. Her hock joints are red and hot and her feet do not splay properly when I try to set her down.

    I spoke with a poultry specialist at the U of I cooperative extension service yesterday. He said it sounded like arthritis. Because she can't stand or walk now, he said, she will likely not recover and the best thing is to put her down.

    If she's not improving by tomorrow morning, I have decided that's what I'll do.

    But if anyone here has any suggestions for me, anything to try, please tell me. Unlike the poultry specialist, I can lavish care on my chickens. He cares for hundreds, I care for four. Is there anything I can do?????
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2008

  2. I have WHAT in my yard?

    I have WHAT in my yard? Songster

    Jun 24, 2008
    Eggberg, PA
    I have no answers.... [​IMG]

    I am So sorry! [​IMG]
  3. julietma

    julietma In the Brooder

    Jul 8, 2008
    Thanks. I'm just sick over this.
  4. tfpets

    tfpets Mmm, tastes like chicken

    I honestly have NO idea...if a dog or cat, or person is diagnosed with arthritis, it doesnt end their life though...maybe it does a chicken, if they cant be comforted with treatement? I mean, you can improve a dog or cats overall function and joint condition with the stuff that starts with a G (sorry, two day migraine = 1/2 brain/word function)...but internet search, or maybe I will, my dad did it, his dog lived years longer!! And much more functional....I just dont know if its immediate and if a chicken can take it.
    I also dont know, can a chicken take anti-inflammatories- find somewhere if they can....that is where the pain comes from, the loss of the goop around the joints, then the joints swell and become painful, thus the redness and inflamation....
    poor baby, poor you, i hope you get good information and if not, you have been willing to do what you can - try what you can and know you did, then let her go...you gave her a good life and love her...

  5. chickbea

    chickbea Songster

    Jan 18, 2007
    I'm so sorry you are dealing with this. Have you tried contacting an avian veterinarian? They may have some advice.
  6. kinnip

    kinnip Songster

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    I'm so sorry. If he's talking about Staphylococcic Arthritis, there's a slim chance it could be treated by antibiotics. Unfortunately, staph is very resistant to antibiotics. Moreover, the infection probably arose due to an impaired immune system. If she was treated poorly before you got her, this is probably the case. You have my sympathy. Be happy that you tried to give her the life she deserved and remember her fondly. [​IMG]
  7. TaLani

    TaLani ~ Gemini Chick ~

    Oct 2, 2008
    Bryson City, NC
    Maybe try emailing Miss Prissy, hinkjc, silkiechicken, etc. Maybe they could help since they know a lot. She may possibly have a slipped tendon, but then again...[​IMG].

  8. chicknmania

    chicknmania Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    central Ohio
    Try calling Peter Brown www.firststatevetsupply.com or his other site www.featherfanciers.com. He will have some good advice and maybe meds for you to try. His advice is free, just buy his products, please. Hopefully you haven't put her down yet, I never listen to those university guys.,that's their answer to everything.
  9. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    What a bummer. Maybe a little aspirin in her water might provide at least a little relief while you research treatments or make a decision on putting her down.
  10. chickenpiedpiper

    chickenpiedpiper Songster

    Aug 4, 2008
    New Durham NH
    Find a vet, extension people know an awful lot, and can be a great help when sometimes no one else will, but if you can at all do it, get the confirmed diagnosis of a Vet. Otherwise you will always question whether or not you did the right thing. A vet will be able to confirm it, and humane euthanise her, or perhaps diagnose it as something else, and maybe give you hope. You wont know till they get thier grubby hands on her! Call around, a chicken vet is not always easy to find,

    But the peace of mind is worth it.

    Good Luck, and my thoughts are with you.

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