swollen legs hard to walk

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mikeptag, Feb 15, 2017.

  1. mikeptag

    mikeptag Hatching

    Feb 15, 2017

    It was freezing weather and we noticed her wing dragging. Shes been indoors for weeks now and the wing seems better but her legs have swollen up since. She gets occasional Epsom salt in warm water leg soaks, and read somewhere to give her 500mg of cephalexin once a day. Just looking for any educated opinions about this and if we are doing things right or suggestions. Thanks!
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    It looks like she got some really bad frostbite and will lose both of her feet. The black tissue is dead and should slough off over time. Chickens have been known to adapt to not having feet, but it will be a major change for her and may require special care. With that in mind, if she seems to be struggling, I would consider culling her.

    As long as she seems happy and you're willing to treat her, though, it is worth a try. The epsom salt soaks are good. I haven't heard of using cephalexin in chickens before (it's an antibiotic, right?), and might instead use a different, strong antibiotic like Tylan50 to help prevent/treat infections. Assuming she is a large fowl bird, the Tylan50 dosage would be 1 ml once a day for 5 days, injected into the breast muscle or given orally.

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