New!! Leg limp and plucked feathers!!! Help

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by NewfieBreeze, Feb 11, 2017.

  1. NewfieBreeze

    NewfieBreeze New Egg

    Feb 11, 2017
    West coast Newfoundland
    Hello, I've had my 6 chickens since June 1 2016, and right now I'm down to 4 [​IMG] Learning as I go but right now here on the west coast of Newfoundland we're having a harsh winter. But to get to the point one of my road island reds has a limp leg, she uses to gain balance when she tips over from only using one leg but other then that she won't walk to even stand on it, all around her bad leg and back end butt area is all plucked. She's also 8 months old and has never laid a egg, almost no comb and runs an squawks with you go to pick her up, polar opposite compare to my others. I need some advice could she possibly be egg bound, or is frost bite a reason. I know my poor girls have been board because it's been over 2 weeks they have been bared in due to very high winds and snow.
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
  3. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under NewfieBreeze [​IMG] Welcome!

    I too am sorry to hear of your dilemma and hope that the folks on the ER Forum are able to help you and her out.

    I also hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I would quickly separate her from others - before they end up killing her. If you mean she is paralyzed in the limp leg, that 'can' be a sign of Marek's disease. You may want to put

    "Marek's disease," in the search box and see if her symptoms match. Mareks is extremely contagious, and any survivors will carry it for life.
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
  6. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    If your limping girl is in with the other birds, she could be getting bullied. Chickens will pick on others in the flock that are hurt or ill, especially if they have been kept inside and are bored. I agree with Drumstick Diva, it would be best to separate her from the other birds.

    Good luck to you!

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