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I have a Buff Orpington hen who has an injured right leg. I

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I have a Buff Orpington...
I have a Buff Orpington hen who has an injured right leg. I have had her confined to an indoor brooder box now for 5 days and there is no improvement. I have inspected her foot and leg but can find no injury. Any suggestions?
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Bird Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 year ago
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Bird Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 year ago

Helen, if you've checked Peggy's leg from the tip of her toes to her hip and found no evidence of infectious pododermatitis (bumblefoot) nor swellings of any joints or long bones, there are two main considerations. The first is obturator paralysis which is seen when an egg becomes trapped in the oviduct and presses on the sciatic nerve plexus. This isn't as common in chickens as is Marek's disease (herpesvirus) which commonly presents initially as a unilateral leg paresis (weakness) or paralysis. Please see here and let me know if you're seeing any other signs of Marek's disease: http://www.birdhealth.com.au/mareks-disease

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
I really have not seen any signs of Mareks Disease. She does not have any signs of swelling in her toes or joints. If she does have an egg stuck in there, what can i do to dislodge it?
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
No, i am not calling you or paying another $28. If you cant help me any further, then i will end this conversation
Bird Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 year ago

That was an automatic site phone solicitation. My state board of examiners doesn't allow me to speak on the phone with customers. Management of hens suffering from obturator paralysis is supportive - confining them and bringing their food and water to them, administering a nonsteroidal antifinflammatory drug such as aspirin dosed at one adult 325 mg aspirin in one pint of drinking water, and supplementing with calcium (Calciboost/Calcivet, e.g., available in your local feed store as per the label's instruction). Please continue our conversation if you wish.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Thank you, ***** ***** try the aspirin and calcium and continue the confinement. How long should i do this?
Bird Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 year ago

Until you see a positive response. Should another 5 days pass without improvement, Peggy would need the attention of an avian vet. You're quite welcome. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience. You can bookmark this page for ease of return.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Thank you
Bird Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 year ago

You're welcome.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
My chicken still cannot put her foot down or put weight on it
Bird Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 year ago

Thank you for the update. She'll need the attention of an avian vet at this point (please see here: www.aav.org).

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
No
Bird Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 year ago

I understand. It's best to approach the diagnostic process with a clear sense of her financial value to your operation. Although some services such as your county animal disease diagnostic laboratory might be available free of charge through a county agency or land-grant extension office, the expense of some diagnostic tests and treatments can add up quickly. While it’s always worth your time and money to identify a bacterial or viral infection that could potentially impact more than one member of the flock, this might not be the case with a condition that only affects one hen. It frustrates me that I can't be more specific for you but such is the dilemma of poultry owners and vets alike.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
I just have backyard chickens. And i dont need your advise
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