Should I separate my injured chicken

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Slyder000, May 21, 2016.

  1. Slyder000

    Slyder000 New Egg

    May 21, 2016
    My little girl injured her leg when she was young but recovered around 2 weeks. With time in the coop she started to limp more and more. Her leg is still not good. She hangs with the others 80% of the time, eats and scratches around. I was wondering if i should pull her out or leave her with the others since she doesn't get bullied. I checked her feet, no cuts or anything out of the norm and she seems happy. Shall i let her be with the others?
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC!

    As long as she not being picked on, I'd leave her with the others for now.

    How old is she?
    Was leg bad at hatch or as day old?
    More info, and/or pics, on bad leg might help.
  3. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Chicken Obsessed

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    I am a big advocate of NOT separating a birds. It often causes considerable more problems than it fixes. If she is getting along, she is getting along. Make sure water and feed are available, and she will probably do just fine. I had one that limped for quite a while, and did come out of it.
  4. Folly's place

    Folly's place True BYC Addict

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Also, check her occasionally to make sure she's maintaining her weight. She'll be happier in her group as long as she's keeping up. Mary
  5. Slyder000

    Slyder000 New Egg

    May 21, 2016
    She is over 2months old and hurt her leg almost a month ago. I'll get pictures soon. She's still gaining weight and size. Her left leg looks bowed but it's her right leg that she favors.
  6. TroyerGal

    TroyerGal Chillin' With My Peeps

    I separated 2 of my little girls when each of them got injured (both hurt their leg) and put them in the duckling brooder! At first they didn't like it very much, but it was warm and the ducklings are gentle little roomies... long story short, they both are better and mingle with the flock and don't get picked on. But they always go to bed in the duck house :) they think they are duckies!

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