Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Islander7, Jul 14, 2016.

  1. Islander7

    Islander7 Just Hatched

    Jul 12, 2016

    I'm new to this group, but not completely new to raising chickens (although I'd still consider myself a newbie in that). This is my second year raising both meat birds and layers. For a variety of reasons, I had to cull my layers from last season. So this year I have 4 Easter Eggers and 3 Cuckoo Marans. One of each has started laying. I also have 25 meat birds that to to the processor a week from tomorrow.

    One of my layers has been limping, so I'm on my way home (I live on an island) with the final parts that I needed to create an enclosure within their 10x10 run for her. This should keep her from using and jumping down from the rousts and irritating it more. I've also been giving her a 81 mg aspirin daily -- which she gobbles up and when I dropped one she made sure another chicken didn't get it. While I've been working on the enclosure, they've all be locked out of it -- so no access to the higher rousts. I also didn't give her the aspirin this am, hoping that would encourage her to take it easy today. I plan on starting up this evening so that she has the benefit of the antihistamine while she is less active. So far, the other chickens have left her alone; and, I hope it has stayed that way while I've been gone picking up some forgotten parts. I'm thinking that I could stick her in the hen house at night and put her back in the enclosure during the day.

    Any thoughts on this are appreciated -- and I've been glad for others' comments on similar issues.
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Have you checked her for signs of injury? Check the bottoms of her feet, she may have "bumblefoot,". You can put that in the search box and it will come up. You can read symptoms and see if it matches her problem.
  3. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
  5. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! I'm sorry to hear you have a hen under the weather, please do post in the link that CT left. I'm sure members there wil be able to help you.

    Wishing you the very best of luck and enjoy your time here in BYC :frow
  6. Islander7

    Islander7 Just Hatched

    Jul 12, 2016
    No, she doens't have bumblefoot. I've palpated her legs a few times. No noticeable swelling, not sores, not difference in temperature. I've had one hen sleeping at night between the roust and the wall of the hen house on the drip tray -- last night I was able to see that it may be her. She could be catching her foot in between the tray and the wall as there's a small gap. Maybe can slip a large pice of PVC pipe there to keep her out, but then any of them could slip on it and get injured.
  7. Islander7

    Islander7 Just Hatched

    Jul 12, 2016
    Thanks, I will.
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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