What is wrong with my chicken's leg and what can I do to help?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by oliviaandjosh4, Feb 25, 2015.

  1. oliviaandjosh4

    oliviaandjosh4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    About two weeks ago I noticed my 9 month old orpington hen limping when she walked. I didn't think too much about it because she could still get around pretty well. The next week she stopped coming out of the coop and wouldn't even come down from the roost. I picked her up and looked at her legs and one looked like it was hyperextended and kinda just dangling. I gave her a warm bath because she had gotten pooped on from not coming down off the roost and i put her in a cage by herself with food and water. She didn't seem to really eat much while in the cage. I took her out after about 5 days to see if she could get around and she still is not able to walk. So I am wanting to know what could be wrong with her leg, what can I give her to help it heal, and how long should it take to heal? I do not want her to die but she isn't even trying to eat or drink.
     
  2. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    At 9 months old, I would try vitamins, especially B vitamins. I would hope for an injury. But paralysis and not eating may sound like Marek's Virus. [​IMG]
     
  3. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Agreed. Keep is posted :).
     
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  4. oliviaandjosh4

    oliviaandjosh4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    where can I buy vitamins for chickens? Does Tractor Supply sell them?
     
  5. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Overrun With Chickens

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    My store sells it. I assume yours would as well.
     
  6. oliviaandjosh4

    oliviaandjosh4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Tractor Supply was out of the vitamins. My hen is not improving at all..she doesn't get up and walk just scoots herself with her wings. Her comb is awfully pale, she hasn't been eating much at all, just sleeps. I'm expecting to find her dead in her pen any day now, that's how bad she looks..I don't know what else to do. Also, she hasn't laid an egg this whole time which is weird.. do chickens stop laying eggs when they're sick?
     
  7. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Hens will stop laying eggs if they are sick. You can use Poutry Nutri-Drench or Poultry Cell liquid vitamins 1 to 3 ml given orally every day according to package directions. Also, you can give PolyVisol without iron baby vitamins 2-3 drops orally daily.
     

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