Pullet not using one leg! Picture

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mycutekitties, Oct 19, 2011.

  1. mycutekitties

    mycutekitties Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 15, 2009
    Modesto, California
    HELP!! My poor snowball. Two weeks ago I removed her from her pen (with 4 pullets and 2 cocks) because she was getting beat up on. Since she has been in her own pen but she is having issues walking. She is not off ballance but she is not using one of her legs (FEET). Actually when I pick her up, her good claw will lock around my finger and her other claw won't even move. She is still eating, drinking, pooping and "Talking".
    What is wong with her foot?
    Normally I would just cull without a thought but this is a speical bird to my daughter (long story).
    Her bad claw
    My sweet girl!
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2011
  2. rbaker0345

    rbaker0345 Big Mamma Brahma

    Wow, she is so pretty. I love cochins! You can try giving her aspirin to relieve pain to see if it was an injury. It could be a contracted tendon, but that usually starts at hatching and then gets better, but the remedy for that is some physical therapy.
  3. mycutekitties

    mycutekitties Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 15, 2009
    Modesto, California
    Thank you
  4. GA_in_GA

    GA_in_GA Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 2, 2011
    Southwest Georgia
    Can you get a better photo of her foot - there is an area that looks a bit dark, raising the issue of bumblefoot. But it is too hard to see to be certain.
  5. Chicken_Pauper

    Chicken_Pauper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2011
    Southern California
    Sorry... Asprin is dangerous to many animals.... ( would not give asprin, and if you have already, make sure she eats and maybe give her some yogurt, too )
    How old is she? (She's absolutely beautiful, by the way)...

    How old is the flock? And, have you ever wormed the flock? If so, when, how, and with what?

    Is she in a pen or cage? ..... is she standing on wire? Is she the only Frizzle? Or are all in your flock the same breed?

    Depending on the age (are they mating)... five hens / pullets and two roosters / cocks -- too many roosters, too few hens. Hard on the hens.

    I don't know if others have found this, but I have found Frizzle roos to be very aggressive and mean... and dangerous to hens, rapists. (I had one break the neck of a smaller RIR, trying to rape her, she died)

    If she is mildly injured, she may well heal.... keep her warm, alone, safe, well fed, dry, etc. and see how she does (and check, search Bumblefoot also, just in case)
    Or.... worms can cause limping (holding up one leg)... don't know why, but have seen it.... and worms are not good and need treatment w/ Valbazen.... but, only in chickens old enough... some say 6 or 7 months. Check the poo of everyone, see how their poop looks, all of them. Is anyone else acting "off", lethargic or anything?

    Good luck. Use the Search here on BYC to find more information... others know more than I.
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 19, 2011
  6. mycutekitties

    mycutekitties Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 15, 2009
    Modesto, California
    Quote:I will take a better pic tomorrow. Snowball was going to be my daughters showmanship bird. She has such a kind gentle nature. I hope she gets better.

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