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Hen Lame on one leg

hi to all, long time watcher first time poster.
I have 6 Welsummers 1 rooster 5 hens. all 8 to 10 months old. One of my hens (10 months) has become totally lame on one leg. i have separated her and brought her inside (in a dog crate) She seemed to stand although very shaky but if she moved she fell over. I have rolled her onto her back and gently pulled on both legs, one she pulls back, the other- nothing. the leg in question seems to move at the joints ok. no obvious trauma. i know mareks would be the obvious one, although i believe less likely after 6 months old. no new hens introduced since july. She has just stood up took 2 wobbly steps then sat down again. would anyone have any opinions or advice?

thanks in advance

Ian

Incy
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021

additional information

as a group they have just recently started to lay, i know for sure 2 of the 5 hens are laying still quite sparsely. i cannot confirm she is laying although she is the oldest.

Incy
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021

Could have been she hurt it in some way but the obvious answer seems to put her out of her misery and keep her seperated incase it is a bacteria or virus but doesnt seem likely

christor
Thursday, February 4th, 2021

Did you you check for swollen or lumppy feet or twists toes, if you did then what she has she probably won't recover from this.l have had this problem myself over the years.

roostercroweburn
Friday, February 5th, 2021

I have this problem with a chicken 3 months old at the moment. Apparently it's Vitamin B2 deficiency. Curled up feet is a sure sign, is she doing this? If the chicken is eating and drinking OK then probably not mareks.

Google B2 deficiency in chickens, If the symptoms, A treatment I came across was to give the chicken 100mg of B2 2 days in a row then make sure they had a feed source that contained B2.


After some research I got complex B vitamins (50mg per tablet) for human treatment. I Crushed up 1 tablet and added it to a scrambled egg. And did this 4 days in a row. Vitamin B is water soluble and what ever the chicken doesn't need will pass through harmlessly.

The poultry grower that I was feeding my chicks doesn't contain any B vitamins. Can you check yours as I'm curious to see if this is a possible factor?

AdrianR
Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021


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