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Silkie hen suspect broken leg?? Pictures enclosed, please help!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Dec1an, Jan 9, 2014.

  1. Dec1an

    Dec1an Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi I've brought my silkie in last week hoping if she got some rest get leg may heal but so far no difference.

    She seems to want to stretch her leg out (as seen in photo)

    Ps her wing isn't damaged, just looks that way as she stretched it out when I took the photo[​IMG]
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  2. Dec1an

    Dec1an Out Of The Brooder

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    Can I just add her leg is purple because I sprayed her leg incase of infection
     
  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm sorry to say, but that leg stretching looks a lot like Marek's disease. Marek's comes in many forms, including partial/complete leg paraylisis, internal tumors, wasting away, and other neurological symptoms. Sometimes, it can be treated by giving St. Johns Wort/Hypericum along with supportive care (feeding, watering, etc.), but most of the time, Marek's is untreatable. Most birds waste away until they die.

    Still, don't give up on her yet. I'd get some poultry vitamins or polyvisol infant vitamins (without iron) and start giving them to her, along with St. Johns Wort. (here is a thread on that: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/135247/st-johns-wort) Make sure she eats and drinks well, too.
     

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