Need input on hen hit by car

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by The Kibble Goddess, Dec 4, 2014.

  1. The Kibble Goddess

    The Kibble Goddess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It finally happened. Speeding car + slow moving hen = a puzzle. This happened yesterday, Wednesday. She was sitting off the side of the road like she was dustbathing when i found her shortly after the accident. Took her inside and examined her. No bruising or bleeding on her body or wings, but the tops of her feet were scraped up quite a bit.. I cleaned off the blood and dirt with hydrogen peroxide. I dusted arrowroot powder on the scratches to help with clotting. She was put in a small box with a towel on the bottom so she wouldn't move around and kept in the dark without food or water overnight (I have found that resting the digestion helps the bird deal with the initial trauma.) She is now getting all she can drink 3x's/day and all the fermented mash she can eat 2x's/day, and has been moved to a slightly bigger box bedded with shredded paper in the laundry room.
    The puzzle is that i can't figure out what is wrong with her. She sits with her wings slightly down, propping herself up. Her legs aren't broken, she can kick them and clench her feet. But she can't stand up. She paddles her wings to move herself forward. She is eating and drinking well. Her poops are normal. And she even laid an egg today. She just can't stand and walk, and i can't figure out why not. Does this sound like a broken pelvis? Any insight would be appreciated.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    So sorry to hear about your hen. It's possible that she hurt her back or neck, and has some nerve damage to her lower body. Whatever is affected, she may heal with some TLC as you are giving her. Just the fact that she is alert and eating/drinking/eliminating well is a great sign. I would give her plenty of time to heal, and if possible, put her in a crate with the other chickens to remain part of the flock, so they don't forget her. After some time, you could consider using a chicken sling for her to sit upright in. Links are listed below. Good luck, and keep us posted on how she is doing.

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  3. The Kibble Goddess

    The Kibble Goddess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will try making one of those slings this afternoon, though i think she will still sit tilted forward a bit. Her legs look awful, all blackish. I can't tell if it's loss of circulation or bruising. They're warm, but they would be with her sitting on them, so i can't tell if she's starting an infection. She doesn't act sick. I am hoping to be able to cut a vent hole in the sling so she doesn't have to sit in her poop. Lordy, she's stinking up my laundry with that stuff!
     
  4. The Kibble Goddess

    The Kibble Goddess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, i don't know why, but seemingly cutting a vent hole in the sling causes her to somehow flip out of the sling? Wish i could see this happen.
     
  5. The Kibble Goddess

    The Kibble Goddess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The Princess is slowly getting better. She can extend and retract her left leg. Can only retract her right leg. Neither foot will clutch, but the toes are no longer rigid. Eating like a pig.
     
  6. Eggcessive

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    Thanks for the update. Hopefully, the Princess will keep progressing with a little more time. sounds like you are really giving her a good chance for recovery. You might post a picture of her so that we can add it to the "sling collection."
     
  7. Cluckies

    Cluckies Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Poor little girl, hope she is all better soon!
     
  8. The Kibble Goddess

    The Kibble Goddess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, she's not all better, but the Princess did lay an egg today. I moved her to a pen in the coop as i just couldn't handle the smell of having her inside. She can get up off her knees a bit, but still has a rough time getting her feet to go in the direction she wants to go. She ends up going backwards a lot.
     
  9. SDChickMom

    SDChickMom Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello,
    Your situation sounds very familiar to me. How did Princess do?
     

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