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Limping becoming a hobble

Posted: 21 Mar 2018, 10:20
by boaters
I've had my chooks about 6 weeks now - got 5 of them at point of lay. One has had a limp for about a week but is now hobbling more. Not sure if it's foot or leg/hip. I can't see any of the signs I've seen of bumblefoot in online photos, nor any external signs of injury. It may be my imagination, but it seems less pronounced first thing in the morning but gets worse during the day. Have been getting 5 eggs a day so I think she's laying OK. They free range half the day and are in a 6'x8' run the rest of the time.
Should I isolate her in a crate for a couple of days so she rests it, or just wait and see? Should I smear antibiotic cream on her leg and foot just in case? I'm not inclined to go to a vet for cost reasons. She's not being picked on but holds back a bit when the others crowd round food and me!
No experience with poorly chooks!

Re: Limping becoming a hobble

Posted: 21 Mar 2018, 13:09
by kated
I think if you try to confine her she will become stressed and it could exacerbate things. I don't think antibiotic cream is going to be effective either. You will just have to try the waiting game if you don't want to go down the vet route. If you eventually do want to try a vet, make sure they are bird friendly ones, so many vets are at a loss where chickens are concerned. If she is still eating, drinking and laying and not being picked on then she has a lot going right for her.

Re: Limping becoming a hobble

Posted: 21 Mar 2018, 16:24
by boaters
Thanks - encouraging words.