Young silkie is having an issue walking

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by AmbersOfNimbus, Jun 18, 2017.

  1. AmbersOfNimbus

    AmbersOfNimbus New Egg

    Jun 7, 2017
    I've got several young silkies right now. Unexpectedly ,one of my most lovely and friendly white ones is having issues walking on her left leg. I don't know why, her leg appears to be fine, nothing out of place or new. It's not swollen. But whenever she walks, she doesn't appear to be able to put weight onto it.(Or so it seems, in my view) She's able to somewhat hop her way to get food any water, so that's good. However, I feel horrible seeing her unable to properly walk.
    She's the largest out of the ones that I have, around 5-6 inches tall. She was acting fine earlier today. But right before I was heading to bed, I noticed she was hopping around in an odd way, I've put her with some of my younger chickens(Who are only 3 weeks old, so she's not being ran over by them. If anything, they appear to enjoy having her with them. And she's...not seeming to care.)
    I can't post pictures, I don't have a camera. If any of you know what it might be, please let me know. I am horribly worried for this chicken.
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Could be something like a sprain, or bumble foot, so check her feet and legs. Also check her leg feathers to see if they look okay, otherwise things like Mareks come to mind if you find nothing wrong and she gets worse over the coming week or two.
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    It might be a slipped tendon or other leg bone deformity, but difficult to tell without a picture or video. Injuries are very common with yound chickens. Hopefully it is not the early symptoms of Mareks, which can cause paralysis in one or both legs or wings, or a twisted neck. Chicken vitamins can sometimes be helpful, but make sure that she can get to food and water. Sometimes placing them in a pen or crate with their own food and water can be good.

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