Thank you for your inquiry. I had a couple of questions for you before providing you with an answer:
Is your bird keeping clean as far as when she defecates?
How are her toes? Are they protruding out strangely?
How is her sleep cycle?
Is the foot warm to the touch?
Are her feathers ruffled?
Has the condition gotten any worse?
Is the limping confined to the foot or has it gotten higher up the thigh?
Does she use the leg at all? Is she ginger and nursing it?
I may have some follow up questions for you...but this is a good start to us figuring out whats going on.
Thank you for getting back to me in regards XXXXX XXXXX those questions. By everything you are telling me I think your bird suffered some type of injury in its normal daily ongoings. I would as a precaution take her inside for 3 - 4 days at least at night. Keep her warm hydrated and fed. The fact that she is keeping clean and taking in food and drink regularly is key. Her feathers are smooth and she is not showing any other signs of sickness. I have had this happen a great many times and more often than not it goes away as quickly and mysteriously as it started. If you dont see progress after 5 days it would be a good idea to take her to a vet for some antibiotics and pain reliever.
In the meantime go ahead an pick up some children's pedialyte from the store/pharmacy make sure it is unflavored mix it 50 / 50 with water...administer the mixture with an eyedropper by delivering a drop to the end of the beak. Do not force it and make sure to deliver it at the end of the beak. Do this 3 times a day. It may aid in healing if there is an underlying hydration issue that would explain the sluggishness.
Another reason for isolating the bird is that with chickens I dont like to take chances of some abnormality or sickness affecting other birds. As im sure you are aware they hide injury and sickness very well.
Just a friendly note in regards XXXXX XXXXX comment about not worming the birds in the past four months. 4 - 6 months or even longer is not considered abnormal. The problem the bird is experiencing is common. Injury has a funny way of showing itself and will not necessarily be as obvious as blood on the leg. With no swelling, no visible injury and a healthy intake of food and water this bird should have a steady recovery and future
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