Splayed leg

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Coppercanyon, Sep 19, 2010.

  1. Coppercanyon

    Coppercanyon Hatching

    Aug 24, 2010
    Hi there,

    Got a question I am hoping someone will have some experience with and may be able to lend some helpful advice. I have an approx. 19 week old bantam (not laying yet) hen, who had splayed leg when she was about 2-3 weeks old. We treated her by wrapping her legs togeather according to typical directions, isolated her and kept her quiet for 3 days, and then removed the bandages. When we returned her to the coop, she seemed a bit sore and a little slower than the other birds, but otherwise, her splayed leg seemed to be corrected and she returned to normal withing a couple of days. She was active and moving around normally for many weeks, and then 4 days ago, I noticed the same leg is now splaying again. I removed her from the coup, taped her legs togeather again and kept her quiet for three more days, hoping the same treatment would do the trick. After removing the bandages this time, she does not appear to have made any improvement at all, and is having great difficulty even maintaining her balance on this very splayed leg. I have re-wrapped her again this evening, and I am writing to see if anyone has any idea on the best way to progress with her treatment. I thought I had this one figured out, but now I am not sure at all what to do next???

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