Paralyzed Legs (NOT A Disease) How can I help her?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by vc506, Apr 18, 2017.

  1. vc506

    vc506 New Egg

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    Yesterday I was letting my chickens walk around my back yard. My husband had some wood boards leaned against the side of our house and one of the boards somehow fell and hit one my barred Rock hen. She is acting fine and eating and drinking like normal and has been trying to use her knees to "walk" or move around but she won't actually stand or put pressure on her feet. Is there anything I can do to help her? She is a great chicken and I would hate to put her down if there are any other options for her.
     
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  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Oh my, that is an unfortunate accident. I would give it some time and continue to make sure that she can get to food and water. Her hocks may get sores on them if she continues to walk on this, so keep an eye out. I don't know if a chicken sling might help her sit up, but you will need to watch that she wouldn't get out and hang herself if she wants out. Some poultry vitamins in her water or 1/2 B Complex tablet crushed into her feed daily might be of some help. Here are some examples of slings:
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  3. vc506

    vc506 New Egg

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    Thank you so much that is a great idea! I will give the sling a try!
     
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    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    You might keep her in it for a few hours at a time, either with her feet touching the ground or not touching, and get her out at night to sleep on the floor if she prefers that. Use caution because some will try to fly out and get tangled.
     

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