Turken Roo Limping

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by uncredibless33, Jul 11, 2016.

  1. uncredibless33

    uncredibless33 Just Hatched

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    Recently, we took on a small flock of chickens for a little while and one of the chickens our friend gave us, a turken rooster, has been limping for a little while now. The bird lived in cramped quarters with other birds and may have had contact with a dog, so I'd assume that it was injured while mingling with these animals.

    Our city doesn't allow us to keep roosters, but we've found luck in rehoming our roosters outside of our city. The problem with that is that before he goes off, I'd like for the condition of his leg to improve some. He can still walk, but he does limp and tries not to put any weight on that leg. We have some vet wraps and may try splinting the leg, but it appears that whatever sprain/fracture has occurred is in his hip and I don't know if wrapping the leg will help with the hip.

    So my question is: Do you think we should attempt to wrap the leg, and if so, how should we attempt to do so? If we don't save the leg, we'll probably just have to butcher the poor thing, and at this point I really don't want that.
     
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  2. Wyorp Rock

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    uncredibless33 Just Hatched

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    I've checked for bumblefoot, and I'm quite sure it's not that. His feet look like any normal chicken's, at least the ones we have. It's slightly swollen but scabbed at all.

    Thank you so much for the link! A sprain or a strain seem the most likely to me, as he can still walk on the leg and doesn't really drag it at all. It's warm to the touch and slightly swollen, but only ever so slightly.
     
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  4. Wyorp Rock

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    If you have some photos of the legs and the feet that would be great - or a video of how he walks?
     
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    uncredibless33 Just Hatched

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    I don't have any at the moment, but could probably take one tomorrow (he's bedded down and asleep for the night). I'll post them once I have them.
     
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    That's fine, sometimes it helps to see what you see, so others may be able to chime in if they recognize something.

    Hopefully it's a sprain. If you think that's what it is, then you may want to keep him caged for a few days to keep his movement limited so he can heal. Add some poultry vitamins or give Vitamin B2(riboflavin) - you can crush a human B-Complex (no iron) and put it in his food. Also extra protein like egg, tuna, mackerel or meat may help.
     

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