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#1 2018-02-01 00:26:00

shaneb99
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From: Strathmore
Registered: 2012-08-28
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Arthritic hen

I have an old hen who is so stiff she can barely walk. She could have arthritis but there are a few other diseases with similar symptoms. I first noticed because she was being picked on. I seperated her, treated her wound and then could see the reason she was attacked was because she couldn't walk properly.  I've been keeping her in my shop for the past month. In the morning I take her out of her cage and let her walk around but she usually only goes as far as a little pile of lumber and settles down on it for the day.  I put food and water beside her and she eats and drinks ok and in the evening when I put her back in her cage she fills her crop and settles down for the night.  She seems contented enough but I don't know if I should carry on or if it would be more humane to just put her down.  She's not getting any better.


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#2 2018-02-01 10:06:15

Martin Grove Farm
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From: Waterloo/St. Jacobs, Ontario
Registered: 2009-11-02
Posts: 19508

Re: Arthritic hen

As you may remember, we had an arthritic turkey.  Poor thing was stiff from the time we brought it home as a poult.  By slaughter date, the muscles and tendons on the legs were so enlarged and the bones were so deformed, that they were removed by the processor and tossed into the trash.  The rest of the bird was fine and was returned to us for the table.

I wish I had known that it was not just a gimpy leg as I would have culled it a long time prior to processing.    It's very difficult to know if a bird is in pain or not.  Their instinct is to hide all visible signs of weakness.   If I come across it in one of my birds again, I will cull.

You can always take it to the vet if you want to be certain.  A month of rehab should have shown some improvement, IMHO.


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#3 2018-02-01 13:48:19

Love Brahmas
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From: Yellowhead County, Alberta
Registered: 2017-06-19
Posts: 20

Re: Arthritic hen

I have severe arthritis in my hip and most days I wish someone would put me out of my misery. No seriously lol. If she was still able to mingle with the flock and be happy I'd say let her be but when I've pulled them from a flock for an injury or such I give them a certain amount of time to heal and then make the decision. As she needs to be secluded for her own safety I would say it's time.

Last edited by Love Brahmas (2018-02-01 14:35:23)


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#4 2018-02-01 18:46:43

shaneb99
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From: Strathmore
Registered: 2012-08-28
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Re: Arthritic hen

I tried putting her back a couple of weeks ago and the other chickens didn't bother her but one turkey hen went after her right away. So I took her out. On nice days if I leave the door to the shop open some of the other hens will come see her, but one day that same turkey hen came in and chased her into a box in the corner. Fortunately for the hen the box was too small for the turkey.  When the weather warms up I may put her in one of the houses with no turkeys. I don't know.


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#5 2018-02-02 16:20:00

countrychicken
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From: mayfair, sk
Registered: 2014-01-21
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Re: Arthritic hen

I have a few walking wounded that I consider 'grandfathered in' what the heck eh?

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