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Laying hen
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Teresa    Posted 05-01-2002 at 19:51:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have one laying hen. She loves to be handled. My children hold her like a kitten. She has been limping. What should i do? If anything happened to her she would be missed, as she like a child.

Rob Hardy    Posted 06-30-2004 at 18:40:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have 4 hens who are family to us.18 months old & have been laying consistantly for a year. One has been off her food for three days. Isolates herself from the others. I found a softskinned egg beside her 29 June. Perches OK so far, but is listless. Diet for them all is varied ,organic and healthy.All eggs have very good shells. Have you any ideas,or can you recommend a contact.
Thanks Rob

Tom A    Posted 05-02-2002 at 02:28:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]

if that's the case, take her to a vet. Our first hens are like that. Took a while on the phone, when the first hen got sick but we found a vet with farm chicken experience willing to help. She has done a great job with advice and help; she'll tell us when the bird is really sick ("this one is gonna die" but I'll do what you want) and when she's willing to try something ("never done this before, but let's see what happens") that she thinks will help. Stitched up two hens that got attacked by the neighbor's dog.

Anyway, sounds like it could be bumblefoot. Look on the undersides of her feet. If there are black sores on one or both, it is bumblefoot. It can be cured with injections of antibiotic and 2x daily cleaning and wrapping with gauze and vet wrap. (That was one of those "let's try this and see what happens"). You will also need to sterilize her perches, as the cause most likely lives there. Chlorox and water work ok for that.

good luck,

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