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BROKEN (LIMPING) CHICKEN, PLUS DIGESTIVE ISSUES.
April 30, 2011
1:32 pm
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farmershae
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Hi, we have an 3 year old Americana hen that is presenting with a very bad limp (almost looks like a dislocated hip?), a poopy vent and small dark droppings. (perhaps the digestive issues are from stress from the injury or could be a seperate issue…)  She is still eating and alert, just slow to get to the food due to limping/pain.

(I'm at work while this is going on, so not able to assess as well as I would like…)  Husband was watching her this morning and says “she has a bad leg.”  There are no external injuries.

We are isolating her in a small area, so she won't have to stress the injury, and will splint if we feel any kind of a break, but is there any way to split if it is a dislocated hip?  Do I just wrap the whole chicken in an Ace bandage??  Poor baby.  Any thoughts?  Isn't there an herb nicknamed 'boneknit' or something like that?  Is it safe to give to chickens?

I'll give her some yogurt for the tummy – any other suggestions to help her digestion? Or just strengthening her system?  Do you thing ACV or garlic would help systematically?  I don't want to over do it, but I just want her to be better… Any thoughts would be great!  hole

April 30, 2011
1:56 pm
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wow, this doesn't sound great at all.  I have heard of large breed hens that get hurt jumping/flying down off of their roosts if they get up too high.  Breaking legs, wings etc.  Ameraucanas aren't usually too big, but I do have one who's quite big and solid, so yeah that could be a possibility.

As far as wrapping her with an ace bandage if you can manipulate the joint back in (assuming that's what it is) yes you can do that, but it may not be necessary.  Often just getting it there is enough. Ace bandage if that's what you have, or else Vet-Wrap works too.  They sell it for people too near the ace bandages… it's a crinkly looking bandage that sticks only to itself and has a bit of stretch to it.  Trick will be to wrap it so her wings aren't impaired since they help them with their balance. 

Yogurt is a good thing, plain for now till she's pooping better and ACV in the water is never really bad either IMO.  If her crop is doing well, and she's willing to eat some of her normal feed to I think I'd offer her some of that too maybe after a day or so, don't want her to get weak. 

It's really hard to say from here so mostly what I can do is hope for the best!

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April 30, 2011
3:29 pm
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Thanks Buckeye Girl. Yeah, she's kind of a fattie, so I think it was from jumping off the roost or something. Once I get home I'll be able to better evaluate the situation – I'd actually prefer a broken bone to joint issues – I have a hard time finding the joints when I cut up a chicken for cooking, let alone a squirming one with feathers, LOL.  Thanks for the advice tho, it's very helpful.  We'll rest her for a few days and see how it goes, and work on coming to terms with a possible early demise.  That's life on the farm.

April 30, 2011
11:51 pm
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Well, we couldn't feel anything like a break, and I honestly can't tell if it's dislocated or not.  I pushed and torqued it around, but it seem to be working just like the other one.  She also did not seem to be in any specific pain when I did that.  But she is not eating and not doing well in isolation (we had her in a rabbit hutch inside) so we put her back out.  At which point she tried to eat some grass and walk.  She is still really alert, but she just is having such a hard time walking.  She can go about 5 feet, then rests.  Our new plan is to carry out of the coop in the morning to a nice spot, and make sure to carry her back in at night, and figure out at what point we want to put her out of her misery   no   I just don't know – we'll keep keeping on until she takes a turn for the worse.

May 2, 2011
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 Hello, Last year our chicken did this we were new to chickens,  so we called a vet and they told us to knock it in the head  and be done with the trouble. I use rescue remedy for us and I thought I would take the old bottle to use for my animals. Well about two weeks of carrying to a spot( in a shady area)

 

as you said you were going to do and tender loving care. We exercised the feet and legs twice a day. Babied her, put a drop of the rescue remedy in a gallon of water for her drinking and one drop on a qtip rubbed on the feet. she will strighten up almost as soon as you do this, it only take one tiny drop for chickens each time twice a day. Works for stessed people the same way, I use one bottle for the animals one for the humans. put a clove of galic cut up in the feed, add treats fruit pieces, like kiwi even lemons or lemon peels help, nuts,spinnach, carrotts, a little yogart this is the help with vitamins to help the body heal its self.dandelions heal too,honey suckle, I also use a little vinegar to clean the feet first.Also  to drop in the water to straighten the digestive up, also kills parasites use one cap full to one gallon at different time than when you give stress  rescue remedy.  If she is not eating you can put one drop of resue remedy  down her beak. My grand son was allergic to 31 things this is why or little farm came about and all that we have learned about natural uses of herbs  things that are natural around your farm, and not knocking something you care about in the head.  Talk to her and tell her what you are doing and why it does wonders. When you clean the feet you may find that there is a cut sometimes it does not show up plain until you use the vinegar.
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May 5, 2011
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good heavens !  this is interesting.  You guys write in such  'stream of consciousness'  mode that i feel like i am right next to you in your backyards. 

  Been wanting to get chickens for several years,  but Joe is not up to the care.  i think it's a great idea,  and i will eventually win him 'round to my way of thinking…If he doesn't lose his job and we can stay put for a few more years…

I use yogurt and cranberry extract for my kids,  so that sounds fine…but how do you get a chicken to eat yogurt?

laur

May 5, 2011
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There's very little that chickens WON'T eat Laur!  You put it down, they eat it!  If for some reason, they act a little iffy about it, just put it on bread.  They absolutely LOVE bread, and pasta, and tomatoes, and… well, you probably get the idea!  LOL  Chickens are bigger piggies than piggies.

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