Need second opinions. on leg injury

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Eggsitter, Aug 11, 2013.

  1. Eggsitter

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    Little rosecomb cant stand on one leg for several days now. Other leg is fine. She CAN use bad one to prop herself up a bit and walking on toes if she must.
    I have her inside, small cage. I am pretty sure she injured it falling between roost bars in new Eglu Go.
    I can't find info to help diagnose her can u help?
    1. How does a break feel, what do I look for?
    2. Her knee looked swollen for a time, is that a sprain?
    3. She can scratch her head w the foot but keeps it straight, weight plus bending it seems to be the issue. What does that indicate?
    4. Cant find a tendon issue, would it be obvious?
    5. B vitamins ACV and organic grain feed, mealworms, good appetite.
    She was always very delicate ball of fluff, scratched stuff backwards higher than any chicken I ever saw.
     
  2. xmonster0

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    im no expert but if she can clamp your finger with the bad foot , there is no break (as far as i know) if thats the case its just injured and will heal fine

    just make sure the bird gets lots of water and food, if so it will heal ok
     
  3. Eggsitter

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    Thank you. Don't think she can clamp my finger at all. So it's a break?
    Thank you for trying to help, I havent splinted it & she is pretty much resting 58 minutes out of 60.
    Feel so bad for her.
     
  4. ten chicks

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    Feel her leg,you are looking for a fracture,i would think if she had a break,she would not use leg at all. Give her an epsom salt soak for 15-20 minutes,this is good for sprains/sore muscles. Keep her separate,monitor her condition,make sure she is eating/drinking. Give her electrolytes/vitamins,for pain give her a baby aspirin(81mg)dose is 25mg per lb of body weight.
     
  5. Eggsitter

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    Thank you. Been up & down her leg, cant feel a thing. Started as a limp and has gotten worse over past few days. I also may have made it worse examining her for bumblefoot early on & KICKING MYSELF...
    Could she have trashed her knee like we can tear an ACL etc? Her foot slipped between a slotted floor and she likely tore her knee trying to get out. I just got an Eglu which has ridiculously slippery slotted floors. I took the whole bottom of the coop OUT.
     
  6. ten chicks

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    It is possible,do the epsom salt soak,you could brace knee or entire leg, just to immobilize it. Give aspirin for pain and it does help with swelling.
     
  7. Eggsitter

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    Thanks will try all I can. She's a bantam pullett , a tiny little thing with a teeny tiny leg.
     
  8. ten chicks

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    If you have vet wrap(if not try velcro tape,small piece)wrap around knee/leg to brace it,not too tight,you do not want to cut off circulation. Make sure whatever you brace with,does not cut into skin. Remove at night so she can sleep.
     
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  9. Eggsitter

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    Should I tape whole leg or just knee?
     
  10. ten chicks

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    You could try knee if you feel that is where the problem is,but if it is uncomfortable/irritating for her just leave it uncovered. Keep her quiet and in a cage to limit mobility,this should help with healing. If uncomfortable,she may not eat/drink.
     
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