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something wrong with hen's legs

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by afaucette, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. afaucette

    afaucette Hatching

    Jan 14, 2009
    I found my 4 yr old Light Bramah in the spot where she lays her eggs. Her left leg was stretched out behind her. Her right leg was up under her. She couldn't get up. I picked her up and put her on the ground. She toppled over. The left leg is stronger than the right. The toes on the right foot are curled under and the leg won't support any weight. I didn't see her yesterday so she's probably been there since sometime yesterday. She's acting normal but has very loose, but normal color poop. She didn't want water. I haven't tried food yet. She doesn't appear to be injured. It has been cold for this area so I have her inside now. Don't know if the cold could have anything to do with it. Any ideas? Thanks
  2. Renee

    Renee Songster

    May 7, 2008
    Hmm, no ideas, but someone else will chime in soon.
    Welcome to BYC, and good luck!
  3. 3 sisters farm

    3 sisters farm Songster

    Aug 20, 2008
    puyallup wa
    I had to leave for a few days, my uncle had a heart attack, I had a chicken who tends to lay her eggs in the run....by the coop literally freeze in that position. I brought her in, could not stand for 3 or 4 days...but 4 weeks later she is back with her friends, well leg fully recovered no lost toes or anything and has been laying eggs daily (white leghorn) for the past 3 weeks...but it was weeks before she could negotiate well enough to be outside....heavy snow then way too much rain....but now muddy run and all she is fine....just throw a few blueberries and made sure each day that she can run. All I did was food/water and neosporin. I have no idea how it happened....fortunately she was partially covered so did not freeze completely (likely only out for a few hours.
  4. luvarabhorses

    luvarabhorses Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    Hector, Ar
    You will read this a lot but a little yogurt is always a good idea. I mix it in a little milk and then pour it on some small pieces of bread. I think a tiny pinch of electrolytes is always good in a situation like this too. keep us posted.
  5. afaucette

    afaucette Hatching

    Jan 14, 2009
    I want to thank you for your responses. I kept her in the house for a few days. She ate and drank good. Didn't do anything special for her accept lay hands on her and pray for God's healing power to do His work. Each day her legs worked a little better and this morning I was able to put her back out in the yard. She has recovered fully.

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