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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2011 10:01 am 
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We have two chickens.
The taller, larger one has stiff legs.
Age:Almost one year old.
Breed: Not sure - please view pictures.
Sex: Hen
Name: ChickChick
Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Symptoms: Stiff walk, three, four steps then sits down. When sitting down she extends her legs from the upper joint. When she walks it is as if she is marching, her legs are stiff and straight, they extend in front of her body strait and stiff - the feet and the claws seem to be OK - upon observation it seems that the upper joint is stiff. Her legs look a little pale in colour, compared to our other chook.
Droppings appear to be normal.
We have not wormed either of the two chickens yet.
The chickens have never been treated for any illnesses thus far - with any kind of medicines.
Food: The general poultry mix for one year old chooks and a grit mixture, fresh lettuce leaves, and household green scraps, sometimes bread, banana peel, carrot...etc
Notes: We have had an unusually wet summer, ground has been damp for 6-8 weeks and rain non-stop. During this time we have tried to keep the ground (their pen) as dry as possible by adding a lot of sugar cane mulch.
She is laying one egg per day.
Her feathers are healthy.
Their chook house has square shaped perching rods.
Is clean, does not seem to smell to strong or out of the ordinary. Cleaned once a fortnight.
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Please help, we love our chickens.
Kind regards
Natasha


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2011 10:06 am 
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Hi

I have found that its often the common things that cause problems rather than the exotic. On first reading this my mind went to spinal damage, arthritis and even rickets. Then I thought about it and given that everything else normal that the hen may have simply sprained her leg jumping from a perchand perhaps slipping when she landed.

The thing about a sprain or a jar is that it will quickly get better. The other things racing through my mind wont. So the next couple of days will give a better indication of the sore leg. Keep a very good eye on her and let us know.

The laying pellets should comprise 80% of the diet and scraps etc should never be a greater portion of their diet. An adult chook only eats about 50 grams of feed in total in a day. If that 50grams is not the correct ratio then a young laying hen will quickly go into a nutritional imbalance and mobility problems is one of the first signs.

I am not fond of the poultry mixes. I have used them in the past and have found that they are good if the chooks eat all of the ingrediats in equal amounts but i have repeatedly found they tend to find the ingrediants that appeals to them and pig out on that leaving the other ingrediants as waste and setting them selves up for an unbalanced diet.

I that regards - straight commercial laying pellets are a nutritionally balanced meal that allows for a 20% intake of scraps and free ranging.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2011 11:04 pm 
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Thank you Mike for your response.

When you said spinal damage - perhaps it is difficult for the hen to get out of the hen house!

I think I will remove one of the perching rods that may be causing her to hit her back on her way out! OUCH! :cry:

If she has hurt her back I should take her to the vet?!

Thanks again Mike

Any other comments would be greatly appreciated.

Natasha


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 7:12 am 
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If she is still sore on Monday I would consider ringing a vet. If you choose to do this, make sure you go to a vet that specialises in birds, or at least has an interest in birds.
There is a list of bird vets in a sticky at the top of this forum.

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