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!!!!!!! Chicken injured her leg

 
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What can I do to help my large hen who apparently took a fall in the coop last night, her leg is either broken or sprained, Still has an appetite but obviously in pain and very difficult for her to move.
 
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Hi Susan, sorry to hear about your hen. If this were my hen, I would first try to determine if her leg is indeed broken. If she does have a broken leg, I would dispatch her immediately to end the suffering, then promptly skin the chicken, trim off the breast meat, quarter the legs, then bury or compost the carcass. This method eliminates the step of eviscerating the chicken. Or, also eviscerate and save the carcass for stock. If I determined that the leg is sprained, I would do nothing and keep an eye on her looking for improvement over the course of a week or ten days. I've had limping chickens before, I did nothing, and they healed on their own. I hope this helps!
 
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Maybe?  
 
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Agreed with James. I'd try to determine if it's broken first. If broken I would also dispatch the chicken. If sprained I would keep the chicken in a cage until fully healed.
 
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I now think it's not broken as when I went out to check on her, she tried to stand and she did... to drink water. It must be sprained or….?

Thank you both for responding so quickly, I just hate to see anyone or anything suffer.
 
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Susan Boyce wrote:I now think it's not broken as when I went out to check on her, she tried to stand and she did... to drink water. It must be sprained or….?

Thank you both for responding so quickly, I just hate to see anyone or anything suffer.



You can band-aid a Popsicle stick splint on it to help with healing. Or vet wrap it.
 
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