Rooster with broken leg

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by CAchicgirl, Jan 11, 2014.

  1. CAchicgirl

    CAchicgirl New Egg

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    I have a rooster with a leg that is split completely in half in the thigh area. Can this be healed if splinted or is it best to him down? It breaks my heart, he's gorgeous, but I don't want him to suffer. Not sure if he has feeling in his foot either. Please help.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    Roosters don't do as well with breaks and sprains, but you can try splinting the leg, and placing him in a cage for a couple of weeks to rest it. You can give him a baby aspirin twice a day for pain and inflammation, but after a day or two, you might want to stop it so that he doesn't try to get up and use the leg. I have hear of using the padded metal finger splints and tape as leg splints on a chicken. Something stiff, but with padding, and using vet wrap would be a good way of splinting also. Here are a couple of links that may help:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/659231/how-to-treat-a-broken-leg
    http://www.starlingtalk.com/fractures.htm
     
  3. Eggcessive

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    Another type of splint would be some water pipe foam covers. The thigh bone would be harder to treat than the lower leg, and after a few weeks you should know if he will make it or not. Here are some pictures of chicken slings, but I'm not sure if they are used with a broken bone. They might be useful with a splint on though: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/713499/my-chicken-sling-pic
     
  4. CAchicgirl

    CAchicgirl New Egg

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    Thank you for you help!!
     
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    You are welcome. Saturdays are a bit slow here on the emergency forum, but if you check back in, there might be more replies perhaps from someone with personal experience. Posting a picture also helps very much. Good luck with your rooster.
     
  6. CasadasHens

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    Good luck with the treatment, hope it works[​IMG]
     

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