Splint and sleeping?

towhee360

In the Brooder
10 Years
May 7, 2009
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I have a one-week old RIR. I just noticed yesterday that she is hopping on one leg/limping around and favoring obviously favoring one leg. Someone suggested a splint, but I don't think she'd be able to get under mom for warmth and be able to lay down and sleep? What do others do about lameness, splinting and sleeping? I just don't see how that all works. Thanks for any help.
 

CMV

Flock Mistress
10 Years
Apr 15, 2009
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I don't splint lame legs. I might splint a definite fracture if I could get my hands on the bird in question (my only fracture occurred in my free-range ducks which are essentially wild). Most leg injuries generally heal on their own with no intervention on our parts. I would take the "wait and see" approach unless you are certain the leg is broken.
 

towhee360

In the Brooder
10 Years
May 7, 2009
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Thank you for your reply. I don't believe the leg is broken and I tend to not want to intervene too much. This little RIR seems to be getting plenty of food and water and pretty well keeps up with the rest of the crowd, so splinting just seems like over involvement to me. I'm new at this and appreciate your encouragement to just leave well enough alone.
 

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