Something ate my chickens leg. Should I cull it?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chris-n-Kate, Nov 2, 2019.

  1. Chris-n-Kate

    Chris-n-Kate Songster

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    One of my chickens was hopping when I went out. His leg is gone. Theres a gaping hole i can see his inside body cavity and he smells like death and decay but he’s acting like he’s fine other then hopping and the missing parts. I tried to get a picture but it doesn’t look so bad in the picture. 2CC34843-1458-497A-ABB8-8B4EB59590DA.jpeg
     
  2. buttertart

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    She can live fine as a one legged chicken. If you can clean the wound, with a gentle warm water, and maybe some polysporin (anitbiotic cream around it), try taping the wound shut as best as you can. Put her in a warm dark box, food and water. And see how she does next few days. It may close up okay, if its not really bothering her its infection you will have to worry about for a few days.

    How do you feel she lost the leg,and are your other hens at risk.
     
  3. Chris-n-Kate

    Chris-n-Kate Songster

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    What if trying to rinse the wound puts water inside the body cavity?
    I think a feral got it because the landlord (nearest neighbor down the road) is in the hospital, so she’s not here to put the feed/water out she normally keeps in her barn for the ferals. I noticed an excessive amount of them coming to try to eat the chicken feed lately.
     
  4. buttertart

    buttertart Chirping

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    Its hard to say exactly how to treat it without seeing her up close. Do you best if you want to try saving her. Maybe you could arrange to have the food and water put out in your neighbours barn for the cats to get rid of the cat problem in your coop area. It's just that you say the chicken is hoping around like she doesn't seem too bothered by it. Go ahead place her in a box, in the house or your garage, warm, with food and water. See how it goes. I am guessing going to a vet is out of the question because of costs of course.
     
  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Great Horny Toads

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    I personally would cull. I cannot imagine the pain. It will be severely handicapped for the rest of it's life as well.
     
  6. DiYMama540

    DiYMama540 Free Ranging

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    Wow....that is quite a shock to find. I am so sorry for this girl!

    I think I would clean it as best as possible with a waterless cleaner, like betadine or hibiclens. Generous amount of Antibiotic cream, then you're going to want to wrap it for a while.

    Make sure you keep her separated and safe from the rest of the flock, as she will be a target for picking. Go ahead and start giving her Nutridrench, and electrolytes to help boost that immune system


    @Eggcessive @sourland @Wyorp Rock @oldhenlikesdogs @casportpony
     
  7. glassdragonfly

    glassdragonfly Crowing

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    :hugsIf she's eating, drinking and acting good I would give her a chance. Like the others said warm, quiet, trim some feathers back away from the wound and try to tape it closed. I have seen chickens heal from some pretty bad wounds. She's very pretty and sounds like she's tough.
     
  8. DiYMama540

    DiYMama540 Free Ranging

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    Also, I would have to agree with @oldhenlikesdogs, I'm not sure the quality of life moving forward would be very positive. Would be a very long winter...
     
  9. Skippersnh

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    I've heard of chickens getting by with one leg
     
  10. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    If you can see into the body cavity - intestines and organs visible - I would have to agree with @oldhenlikesdogs. If it is simply the leg that has been removed perhaps the bird could survive, but will need individual care and protection from the flock for the rest of its life. In a flock situation it will be a continual target.
     

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