Our little chickens leg is swollen

humblocal

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Hey folks,
One of our older chickens started limping a bit the last few days and once we took a closer look her leg looks really bad. So far we have treated it with Vetericyn, then today we put her in a warm epsom salt bath the treated her with Vetericyn, has anyone seen this before?
She seems to be eating and drinking ok
All of the other chickens are healthy and are laying eggs, please advise

Thank you in advance
 

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Shezadandy

Crowing
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Sep 26, 2015
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Hey folks,
One of our older chickens started limping a bit the last few days and once we took a closer look her leg looks really bad. So far we have treated it with Vetericyn, then today we put her in a warm epsom salt bath the treated her with Vetericyn, has anyone seen this before?
She seems to be eating and drinking ok
All of the other chickens are healthy and are laying eggs, please advise

Thank you in advance

She almost certainly got her leg caught under something and it pulled all her flesh down like a pair of panty hose.

Cut all the feathers in that area with small scissors, anything that is in the wound area or will come into contact with the wound.

Vetricyn is an excellent choice. Because this wound has started to heal on its own and is scabbing, I would- AFTER trimming the feathers all the way around the wound - then apply some triple antibiotic and or Neosporin, especially around the edges.

You can try giving her crushed 81mg chewable aspirins in her favorite treat. For every 3lbs of chicken, give 1 81mg aspirin, so a 6lb chicken would get two. The big ones (325mg) are a pain in the rear to divide up and they are bitter. I give mine with mealworms. So, I crush the aspirin (cherry) into powder, then wet the mealworms a bit, then stir til the aspirin sticks.
 

Shezadandy

Crowing
6 Years
Sep 26, 2015
2,508
3,327
407
Portland OR
Hey folks,
One of our older chickens started limping a bit the last few days and once we took a closer look her leg looks really bad. So far we have treated it with Vetericyn, then today we put her in a warm epsom salt bath the treated her with Vetericyn, has anyone seen this before?
She seems to be eating and drinking ok
All of the other chickens are healthy and are laying eggs, please advise

Thank you in advance

The purple circle is all the skin that basically got pulled off her leg wherever it got caught. All the feathers in the red circled areas need to be trimmed back so they don't contact the wound, especially when wet. A small pair of curved scissors works well for that kind of stuff. These can usually be found at Walmart in the sewing section. The curved tip makes them safer in case of sudden movements and you can get right down to the skin. Fiskars 4" Orange Curved Scissors, 1 Each - Walmart.com - Walmart.com

Aspirin I like to use on a treat:
Equate Low Dose Chewable Aspirin 81 mg Tablets, Cherry Flavor, Pain Reliever, For Adults, 36 Count, 3 Pack - Walmart.com - Walmart.com

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humblocal

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Dec 23, 2020
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The purple circle is all the skin that basically got pulled off her leg wherever it got caught. All the feathers in the red circled areas need to be trimmed back so they don't contact the wound, especially when wet. A small pair of curved scissors works well for that kind of stuff. These can usually be found at Walmart in the sewing section. The curved tip makes them safer in case of sudden movements and you can get right down to the skin. Fiskars 4" Orange Curved Scissors, 1 Each - Walmart.com - Walmart.com

Aspirin I like to use on a treat:
Equate Low Dose Chewable Aspirin 81 mg Tablets, Cherry Flavor, Pain Reliever, For Adults, 36 Count, 3 Pack - Walmart.com - Walmart.com

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Thank you so much for the info we will hit the stores tomorrow and keep you folks updated
 

Shezadandy

Crowing
6 Years
Sep 26, 2015
2,508
3,327
407
Portland OR
Thank you so much for the info we will hit the stores tomorrow and keep you folks updated

Chickens are amazing at healing - it will take time and patience but she's made it this far! Do keep us updated with photos- that helps other folks down the line when they find something like this and wonder if the hen can be saved. Aspirin is meant for no more than 2 days at a time. Just be sure to use your nose - infections can often be detected early that way.

She's got a lot to rebuild, so there's going to be a lot of crusty scabs - unless there's an obvious pus pocket or somesuch going, leave them (the scabs) be and support with Vetricyn and antibiotic ointment. When there's a 'dead edge' that isn't connecting anything, a quick snip with the scissors will take care of it- I'm talking about the crusty edges that start to peel off - kinda like a hang nail. Definitely have a look around your run for anywhere she might have gotten caught up. I'm guessing it will be a relatively small spot.

Happy healing!!!
 

humblocal

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Dec 23, 2020
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So we have cleaned up her scar area with some new snips - thank for the input
Shezadandy
We now have stormy on 1 tablet of some chewable Bayer aspirin I found at Rite aide that I mixed in with her meal worms, then gave her a epsom salt bath with a doseage of Betadine on her leg. After we massaged her leg to remove what we could while she was in the water. She almost fell asleep in my hands while bathing.
Weather has been not so good with lots of rain in the forecast but we will stay on treated her daily until she gets better
 

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humblocal

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Unfortunately the injuries were too much for Stormy to handle and she passed the 1st of the year
 

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