Splinting a broken leg

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by costello, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. costello

    costello Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi:

    I have a chicken who survived a dog attack yesterday. It appears her only injury is a broken leg. My facebook friends are suggesting I splint it. I think the break is in the thigh. Is this possible? How would I do it?

    Thanks
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I've read that vet wrap works pretty well.
     
  3. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    A vet told me with fractures on animals you need to immobilize the joints above and below the fracture site. Seems like that would be hard to do on the femur, if that's what you mean by thigh bone?

    This link might have some info:
    http://avianmedicine.net/


    -Kathy
     
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  4. costello

    costello Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, I'm thinking it's the femur. Below the feather part I don't see a break.
     
  5. CatWhisperer

    CatWhisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Kathy is correct. To successfully splint a broken bone the joints above and below the break must be immobilized. Not a possibility with a broken femur.
     
  6. ernie85017

    ernie85017 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Be certain to pad whatever stiff spinting material you use. It can rub ulcers on their legs.
     
  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    I agree.

    -Kathy
     
  8. alogue5173

    alogue5173 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For future reference for anyone who needs it, I went to walmart and bought two finger splints and straightened them out. After putting gauze/and or nonstick pads on the leg, I put one of the splints on the front of the leg and one one the back then wrapped with medical tape. Works perfectly! The finger splints are lightly padded and and provide excellent support for the broken bone.I think I paid $2.98 for the pack of two. I will now keep them on hand in case I ever happen to have to splint a broken bone.
     
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  9. costello

    costello Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, alogue. I'll keep this in mind for future reference. My little hen healed up without a splint. I kept her inside for a few weeks to be sure she was fit to be with the flock, then put her out. She's still my little pet, though, and she knows it. She expects and receives favors the others don't get - like having her share of treats set aside for her so she doesn't have to scramble to get some. :)
     
  10. sparrker

    sparrker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How is she doing? One of my 14 week olds has a broken femur. I taped two sticks to her lower leg and upper part and have her by herself. I hope she makes it.
     

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