Severed leg

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by cptkracker, Jul 11, 2010.

  1. cptkracker

    cptkracker Out Of The Brooder

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    A racoon got to one of my pullets and severed the leg. Will this individual still be able to produce eggs effeiently and brood properly? If not what do you suggest as the best method of disposal. (I'm thinking drowning)
     
  2. buffbuttercup

    buffbuttercup Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh please no drowning. get thyself a hatchet. and good luck with your bird, i hope it doesn't come to that!
     
  3. cptkracker

    cptkracker Out Of The Brooder

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    alright, hatchet it is. What i really need to know is if this chicken will still be able to be an asset and produce eggs and such. I do not mind having (and caring for) a one legged chicken if she still can do her chickenly duties.
     
  4. buffbuttercup

    buffbuttercup Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that part i don't know about. maybe if she is a small breed, but a heavy bodied breed will have no luck on one leg. hope someone else will chime in for better advise on that end. good luck!
     
  5. cptkracker

    cptkracker Out Of The Brooder

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    well she is a golden laced wyandotte. At about 5 months old she is aproaching 4-5 pounds so she is a larger chicken
     
  6. HHandbasket

    HHandbasket The Chickeneer

    I think with a bird of that size, her quality of life would be poor with just one leg. I would think that might affect her ability to breed, brood, lay, eat, drink, live....

    I wish you luck. My heart goes out to ya.
     
  7. DesertChick324

    DesertChick324 Out Of The Brooder

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    When caring for animals you have to think what it would be like if you were them. How would you like to have to poop or give birth while standing on only one leg? That is if you could even stand on one leg as a chicken. Please cut her head off and do her a favor.
     
  8. cptkracker

    cptkracker Out Of The Brooder

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    righty-o. sad but it happens. Atleast i made that coon pay
     
  9. oesdog

    oesdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry for you - no leg deffinately a cull. What a shame I would cry buckets if it was one of my girls but be sure you are doing the right thing to cull. No foot poor girl can;t do anything. If it was a wing it wouldn;t be such an issue as they can live without any wings as they are flightless birds and learn to ballance without them but not for feet sadly. Do cull. I am with the others on that one.

    Oesdog. [​IMG]
     
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  10. Peregrine

    Peregrine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We had the same thing happen last night--a coon bit the leg off of one of my 6 week old pullets.[​IMG]

    DH and I cleaned and bandaged the stump, and she(?)'s doing OK, drinking some water with children's motrin mixed in. I've been looking all over this sight, trying to find out if a one-legged chicken can survive, and I've read a few posts that make me think it can. We are going to try it and see if she can get to her food and water on her own once her leg has healed up. If not, we'll just try to nurse her along until she's big enough for dinner.

    I'll keep you posted on her progress. [​IMG]
     

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