Anyone had a chook with a popping hip?

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Anyone had a chook with a popping hip?

Postby sewren » Wed Sep 14, 2016 12:53 pm

I just noticed that one of my chooks seemed to have a problem with one leg when she was foraging around - it looked like the hip popped out briefly every now and then, but immediately popped back in again. It was a bit difficult to see if it was that joint or the one below where the problem was, and it only happened when she was moving around slowly, not when she walked with purpose or ran, but it caused her to limp when it did happen.

I caught her and that side doesn't seem much warmer than the other to touch, and her flexibility seems the same, so as an interim I have wrapped vetwrap round her whole torso which includes her hips to try and gently keep them in place. It was hard to tell if it helped because after I put it on she was more bothered about investigating the vetwrap than behaving normally, but I'll go and have another look at her this arvo when she might be acting a bit more normally to see if there is any more popping.

Has anyone else had experienced this issue with adult chooks? She is my oldest chook - I actually don't know how old because I bought her as an adult, but at least 5 yrs - so I hope it's an injury that will come right rather than elderly hips! :(
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Re: Anyone had a chook with a popping hip?

Postby Kracka » Wed Sep 14, 2016 5:27 pm

not seen or heard that before!
nice idea with the vetwrap, but its generally very hard to get it to stay in place and to not have her bothered by it (I've only ever used it on ducks with a wonky wing & they generally throw it off as soon as I walked away!)
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Re: Anyone had a chook with a popping hip?

Postby sewren » Wed Sep 14, 2016 11:33 pm

Yeah, she wasn't too impressed with the vetwrap, and I think it had ridden up a bit when I went back this afternoon - she had definitely had a dust bath in that time because it had changed colour significantly, so that can't have helped with keeping it in place!

I don't really know what else to do though - I am really hoping this is an injury and not an old age thing, because it would be a super-sad day if we had to make the end of life decision for this one - she is my best broody who has hatched & raised most of my flock!! :cry: :cry: But fingers crossed it comes right.....
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Re: Anyone had a chook with a popping hip?

Postby Marina » Thu Sep 15, 2016 10:06 am

No popping hips here, either.

The best thing for her would be to go broody, sit still for 3 weeks and then fingers crossed. Generally I find that chooks are very resilient and do come right again.

If you want her to go broody you could lock her into a small pen with a nest full of eggs. This usually accelerates things. Not many broodies here, either. Everything is very late this season.
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