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UPDATE - Terrible broken leg! Now what?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by birdlover, Oct 17, 2009.

  1. birdlover

    birdlover Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Northern Va.
    I went to the farm today where I take care of the poultry during the fall festival and found one of the pheasants with his leg totally broken in half. There were a couple of tendons (?) holding it on but the leg was facing backwards and the break was all jagged. I have no idea what happened and the bummer is no one was around because it's cold and rainy so the festival was closed today. Not that it matters really because no one there knows anything about birds anyway. I put him in an animal carrier with a bed of straw and he seemed to like having that to rest in. One of the owners was contacted and she said she was going to call a wild bird rehabilitator she knows. I had to go home so I left the pheasant in a place where he was protected from the wind and rain. (One of their green houses) I haven't been able to find out what happened after that!! Is there any hope for this poor poor bird?? I feel so terrible about it.
    I'm sick to my stomach. I kept the pheasant in the animal carrier for two days waiting for the owners of the farm to decide what they wanted to do. He ate and drank fine but I'm sure infection was setting in. Today, the owner told me he was going to shoot it. Sounds horrible but, under the circumstances, I thought it would be quick and he wouldn't suffer anymore. Well! Said owner comes over to me later and tells me the bird flew away when he went to get him out. He's got a leg that's dangling by two tendons, for Pete's sake!!!! I'm sure he'll die a horrible death but I just had to tell you guys because I know you understand how I feel. thank you for listening.
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2009

  2. spotsplus

    spotsplus Songster

    Sep 29, 2008
    Franklin, MA
    Only hope witha jagged open skin break like it sounds like he has is amputation most likely. Sadly this is often not an option and humane uthenasia is often done for a pet. Sorry [​IMG]
  3. Megs

    Megs Songster

    Aug 19, 2009
    dosent sound to good [​IMG]

    i had a chicken with a broken let but it wasnt as bad as that one sounds, we splinted her and kept her in for a few weeks and she healed up just fine.
  4. thecochincoop

    thecochincoop Songster

    sounds like amputation. I have heard of one legged chickens, but I don't know if they were amputated or born that way. You can probably do it yourself easily if it is just hanging by a couple tendons. sorry I can't be of more help
  5. birdlover

    birdlover Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Northern Va.
    Thank you for your input. It does look pretty bleak, I agree. [​IMG]

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