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 Post subject: Limping chicken
PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2009 8:02 pm 
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Hi :D

I noticed yesterday that one of my black chickens is limping and standing with it pulled up towards her. She still eats and does her normal things but won't really stand on both legs. I couldn't see anything wrong it all looks good. What should I do?

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 Post subject: Re: Limping chicken
PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2009 8:05 pm 
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Hi Chrystale,
Please go to the top of the Good Samaritan Medical Centre and find a sticky called "Basic Checklist for the Sick Bird". Copy the questions in that thread and then come back here and paste them into a post here. Answer all the questions in as much detail as you can so that we can offer some advice.

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 Post subject: Re: Limping chicken
PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2009 8:29 pm 
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BASIC CHECK LIST FOR THE SICK BIRD
Please answer these brief questions below, so we can help you as soon as possible.

Age:7 1/2months
Breed:?? Black
Sex: Female

Your Location- country, state (different areas/climates have different problems)
ANSWER:Canberra

What is wrong? What symptoms have you noted? - As much detail as possible please.
ANSWER:Limping. when standing pulls leg upwards.

Full droppings description.- colour, consistency, frequency, offensive smell.
ANSWER:all normal

Respiratory Changes?- eg. breathing sounds, discharge, laboured breathing, facial swelling
ANSWER:No changes

Digestive Changes?- eg. eating, drinking, crop filling & emptying
ANSWER: Still eating, drinking and maybe still laying (one of my black and white ones aren't laying other 5 are)

Condition Changes?- eg. Weight, comb/wattle colour, skin, feathering
ANSWER:Comb front is bent alittle bit to the side

Behavioural Changes?- inc. socialising, laying, crowing, broodiness
ANSWER:might be one of the broody ones

Agility Changes? - eg. any lameness, favouring, energy levels
ANSWER:lifts her left leg most of the time. Limps while walking.

Describe your usual worming routine and products. [If none, say so and skip the next 3 worming questions.] Do you have a cycle that you use eg. every 3 months, or every six months?
ANSWER:none

1. When was the bird last wormed??- approximate date.
ANSWER:end of April

2. What product was used to worm the bird, and how was it given? ? eg. in the drinking water, on the skin, by injection?
ANSWER:Don't know the person I go her from did it.

3. Was a follow up dose given? (eg. 10-14 days later)
ANSWER:They did it all

Any other recent medications?- antibiotics, coccidiosis meds, herbal remedies, etc
ANSWER:No

Other changes? – additions to the flock, diet, housing, extreme weather
ANSWER:Cat has been around my back yard. So I have kept them all in the pen

Photos? – any relevant photos are very helpful
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 Post subject: Re: Limping chicken
PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2009 8:37 pm 
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Just a couple more questions:

How long have you had the chicken - so how long since it was wormed?

What are you feeding the chicken?

Have you checked the bird for lice or mites - particularly scaly leg mites which make the scales lumpy and stand up?

& lastly, How long has the chicken had this limp? Did it come on very suddenly, or did it start small and get worse?

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 Post subject: Re: Limping chicken
PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2009 9:04 pm 
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How long have you had the chicken - so how long since it was wormed? I got her April 22nd they wormed her the same day I got her.

What are you feeding the chicken? Laying pellets, scraps from the kitchen, I throw bunchs of grass over and a handful of crushed oyster shell/grit once a week.

Have you checked the bird for lice or mites - particularly scaly leg mites which make the scales lumpy and stand up? No, I looked at her legs they look good.

& lastly, How long has the chicken had this limp? Did it come on very suddenly, or did it start small and get worse?

Since yesterday and has got worse today. We just cleaned her feet in warm water to get all the crap off and her foot has got more strength when holding on to my finger. So I think that is good.


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 Post subject: Re: Limping chicken
PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2009 9:19 pm 
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Ok, so you've almost had her for six months. She's likely to have a heavy parasite load. It's time to worm her and treat her for external parasites. There are many products that you can use. You can put a wormer called Moxidectin in the drinking water and that will treat both internal and external parasites. You need to retreat after 10-14 days. There are other wormers that will do intestinal worms, which are available from your local product store or vet. If you use something that doesn't cover lice and mites, then you will also need to dust her with an insecticidal powder like Pestene or Derris dust. There is a lot of information about worms and worming in the A-Z sticky at the top of the Good Sammy section.

Laying pellets are a good diet for a laying bird. Try to keep the laying pellets to 80% of her diet so she only being supplemented with kitchen scraps as treats. When feeding grass, long strands can cause a problem in the crop. It's best for chickens to be able to range on grass and peck the grass themselves. If you throw grass over, make sure that it's short grass. The shell grit is good.

I'm assuming that when you cleaned the foot in water that you looked over it carefully. I hope there was no swelling or little scabs in the foot pad area. Did you check over the leg as well as the foot to see if there are any injuries? If there is, then get back to us.

I think it's most likely that your chicken has jumped off the perch and landed awkwardly, or sprained the leg in some way. How high are the perches? Sprains can happen and if that's the case it will gradually get better. Another possibility is that she has developed a nutritional deficiency, although the diet you are giving her sounds quite okay. If you want to be sure about that you could boost her diet for a few weeks by putting her on the rickets diet. Rickets is a condition that birds develop particularly when they are growing if they aren't getting the right nutrients. It can show up initially as a limp. Even if this is not the case here, it would give the bird a bit of a pick-me-up anyway. I'll paste it at the bottom.

So, check her over thoroughly, worm her, boost her diet and then see if the limp passes over the next few days.

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A sick bird can often be helped by the Rickets diet. Feed the birds once a day for three days or until you feel the bird is looking and acting better - usually 3 weeks.

This amount feeds one bird. Each serving consists of:

½ to 1 x cooked egg yolk… crumbled into mixture
1 teaspoon of cod liver oil..
1 very small drizzle of honey
2 x tablespoons natural yoghurt - no sugar
2 to 4 tablespoons rolled oats or Baby rice
1 dessertspoon of beef tin cat food…… Not dog food
A few grains of multi vitamin powder
2 tablespoons of grated apple..
Mix to make a crumble mixture not runny, if you have to roll into pellets and force feed, and then gently massage the neck in a downward motion to get it down into the crop, then do it, the bird may be too weak to eat or have lost the desire to eat….

Always have fresh clean water available at all time for the bird and good quality food
Feed the rickets diet in the morning. Also have her ordinary feed and fresh clean water available at all times: if it has not been fully eaten with in 12 hours throw it out... make another one the next morning.. don't add to it.. clean out the dish it was in also before adding the new mixture.

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 Post subject: Re: Limping chicken
PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2009 1:47 pm 
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Thank you very much :mrgreen:


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