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Dr. Michael Salkin
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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 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?
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months 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:

Customer: replied 8 months 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: replied 8 months ago.
No, i am not calling you or paying another $28. If you cant help me any further, then i will end this conversation
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months 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.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Thank you, ***** ***** try the aspirin and calcium and continue the confinement. How long should i do this?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months 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.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Thank you
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

You're welcome.

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
My chicken still cannot put her foot down or put weight on it
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.

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

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months 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.

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
I just have backyard chickens. And i dont need your advise