Rooster Broken Leg Help?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by BCrain, Dec 26, 2009.

  1. BCrain

    BCrain New Egg

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    I have a Welsummer Rooster (Jack), about 8 months old. He broke his leg, it looks like its broken right at the hock. I straightened it out and then splinted it with gauze and popsicle sticks, then wrapped tape around that. He is having trouble walking (well obviously) and he can't stand without falling over.
    My question is A.) Did I splint it correctly, I'm worried about it being too tight because its swelling and its red. I didn't know if that was just from the break. B.) Are there any cheap antibiotics I could get at a co-op or something. My husband and I are super tight on money. C
    C.) Where should I keep him. Right now he's separated from the other chickens and ducks [We have a drake that was beating up on him cause he couldn't walk] and I've put his favorite hen in with him. Right now he's just laying down and won't move so I'm wondering if seperating him is a good thing or not.

    Please help, I'm new to chicken first aid so anything suggestions will help.

    -B
     
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  2. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

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    Sorry about your cockerel. Can't give a worthwhile answer about splinting (slipped hock tendon or compound fracture?). However, yes, separate and keep the boy someplace with just enough light so he can see his food and water (keeps `em calm), you can give aspirin at 5mg. per kilogram three times a day (when our 8lb. roo had bumblefoot we were using 81mg. aspirin, crushed to powder separated into two equal piles - ~40mg., and fed to him on grapes - about ~10mg./kg easy to figure and the higher dose seemed to work better), for inflammation.

    Dose info. from: http://www.avianmedicine.net/ampa/18.pdf

    Another
    option is to put him in a sling: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=56204

    PenG
    is pretty cheap and available at feed stores

    If you can post up a shot, that will get a lot more eyeballs on the injury.

    Good luck and, again, welcome!


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  3. BCrain

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    Ok! thank you so much. I'll see if I can get a picture up soon.
     
  4. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

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    Sorry I didn't post the link to the chap. on trauma (frostbite/bumblefoot/splinting breaks) yesterday: http://www.avianmedicine.net/ampa/16.pdf

    So
    long as the leg is immobilized and the foot isn't swelling or becoming markedly discolored, I'd think you're doing fine (pic helps).

    Since this is a younger bird, the chances of pretty good healing of a closed fracture is better than that of an old roo.
     
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