Suddenly can't walk! How to make Chicken shoes for adult hen!!!??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by secuono, Jan 16, 2011.

  1. secuono

    secuono Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
    I have a hen[?] young and she can't walk today.
    I did the foot test vets do for dogs/cats with walking issues. I put one hand under her while she was standing on her own. With my other hand I grabbed the chicken's left foot and gently turned it back so it lays upside down. The chicken was able to flip that foot back to the correct position. The I did the same thing to the right foot. She couldn't flip it back. I lowered the chicken so more pressure was on the foot, then up higher, nothing.
    She cannot correctly move the leg. BTW, I band the right legs with plastic orange tags, hers is loose. I felt her leg and thigh, couldn't feel any issues. She isn't underweight.
    I let the chickens out this morning and all ran out, she tripped over the door and fell back in, that's when I opened the human door and watched her for several minutes. She would try to walk and fall on her chest, using her flapping wings to get up. She knew she couldn't walk right, I must of missed it yesterday. She would stand still just looking around, she made it out the human door, but sat still near the run's wall. [​IMG]

    What could be wrong with her? No other chicken is acting off. I brought her in the house. Gave her a chick waterer with vitamins in it.
    Any ideas????

    She eats the crumbles I gave her, scratch and I made eggs for her. She ate those too. So her appetite has not been affected. Also found out that cats do not care if eggs catch fire and they might burn alive, lol, stupid cats. Aired out the house, cats stole the burnt eggs. Made another egg in the microwave, 40 seconds and their perfect! Won't be bothering with the stove no more. Never knew how fast eggs can be
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2011
  2. scarletbaby

    scarletbaby Out Of The Brooder

    May 23, 2010
    Thats really odd. I have no clue whats going on but ill give you a BUMP. Hopefully you're able to figure it out.
  3. secuono

    secuono Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
  4. chickenology

    chickenology Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 3, 2010
    I am new to chickens and hope someone with more experience can help you, but can tell you about the "vet test" you describe. When the animal fails to lift up the paw/foot after it has been flipped over, it normally indicates a nerve injury. An animal can also fail to replace the foot in a normal condition due to pain that might have been caused by a trauma such as a fracture or dislocation. You said that you felt up and down the leg and couldn't find anything wrong (and I assume there was no pain elicited), so I would guess trauma such as a fracture is unlikely. Nerve injury can also be caused by trauma, and nerve injuries are often not painful, so trauma can not be ruled out completely. However, since this is a chicken we are talking about have you considered a chicken disease that causes neurologic symptoms such as Mareks Disease? There are many posts on this forum describing Marek's disease that you can read. Can you take her to a vet? If she worsens or dies you may want to consider taking her to your state ag dept for a diagnostic necropsy, a vet in your area should be able to tell you who to call regarding this, it is usually free or at least fairly inexpensive. They can confirm Marek's if this is indeed the case. Sounds like you have the supportive care taken care of, hope she improves.
  5. secuono

    secuono Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
    Noticed the other leg is also having issues walking right.
    What are Mareks Disease Nerve symptoms? Googled it and other than wing, neck, leg paralysis, it doesn't say anything.
  6. secuono

    secuono Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
    You can see the toes curved and she is resting on her hawks. I noticed reddening on them, she has been using them for a few days at least.

    Last edited: Jan 17, 2011
  7. secuono

    secuono Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
    I turned off the lights and left the two of them. They hopped out and hopped into the brooder and are sleeping under the heat lamp. It is warm in that room and they are both large enough, been living outside for weeks, they do not need the heat. What do I do?
  8. tammye

    tammye Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2010
    you can try giving her some vitamins for chickens and some electrolyte soultion in the water. some foot and leg/walking problems can be from a vitamin deficiency, vit. B12 and vit. E. in a younger hen it could be from Marke's disease, which is a virus, no treatment but health support, same as just mentioned, the hen could survive it but will they carry the virus. so look that one up too. I have read threads on crocket toesand I believe they use the vitamins to cure this.
  9. Davidisinaband

    Davidisinaband Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 2, 2011
    Upstate, SC
    Quote:This is by far the most thorough answer.. It's spot on. I've recently went through and looked at the symptoms of every listed disease from one of the posted websites here because I was trying to see what my chickens problems could potentially be. Vitamin E deficiency or Marek's Disease are really the only two I remember that involved nervous disorders.
  10. secuono

    secuono Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
    What foods can I feed her to get VB12 & VE?

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