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Old hen not walking

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Faverolle Lover, Mar 19, 2016.

  1. Faverolle Lover

    Faverolle Lover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]I have a 5 yr old Australorp hen and she's not using her right leg. I've massaged it and the only difference between her legs is that her right hock seems a little bit bigger an she won't bend it as much. I'm thinking it's arthritis, but could she have dislocated something? Is anything like this curable?
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    She may have sprained it, or could have arthritis. There are also bacterial forms of arthritis. Can she move her toes on the right foot? Placing her in a small area such as a crate or pen, inside the chicken coop or run with food and water to force her to rest the leg would be a good start. It's best that she remains around the other chickens. Sprains can take a couple of weeks or more to heal. You can give 81 mg low dose baby aspirin once or twice a day to help with inflammation and pain.
     
  3. Faverolle Lover

    Faverolle Lover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll try that. As for moving her toes, she will twitch them sometimes. She's been acting like this for about two weeks.
     
  4. Faverolle Lover

    Faverolle Lover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also, is it possible for a chicken to have catorax? Another of my five yr old hen's left pupil looks cloudy. She's a polish splash.
     
  5. Faverolle Lover

    Faverolle Lover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She refuses to stay inside the coop. She hobbles around the run with the other chickens. She doesn't seem to be in any pain and she started to stand in the run on one leg instead of supporting herself with her wing. She's also sleeping in the nesting boxes now, should I put her on the roost at night? Or will that cause more problems?
     
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    Cataracts appear grey and cloudy over the iris. They can be due to infection, ammonia odors, and viruses. If you put her on the roost at night, you need to get her off in the morning, or just let her sleep in the box. I would cage her, with food and water, and set her out where the other chickens are during the day.
     
  7. Faverolle Lover

    Faverolle Lover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, I'll try that. Thanks.
     

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