Pullet with a drooping wing

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Pullet with a drooping wing

Postby eae » Mon Oct 03, 2016 3:13 pm

This is one of our 20w barred rock pullets. Yesterday evening I noticed she had a drooping left wing - no idea what happened. She was up on a high roost last night, not sure quite how she got up there! Today she appears to be moving around ok, foraging and hanging around with the others. She doesn't appear to be looking like sick or painful chicken, but who really knows. When she runs it looks like she's standing on those outer feathers.. that can't feel good.

Does this look like a broken wing? If not.. any ideas on what else it could be? Either way, is there a way I can splint it so it heals correctly.. or is this a goodnight type of injury? :(

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Re: Pullet with a drooping wing

Postby nhb » Mon Oct 03, 2016 6:46 pm

It could be a split wing
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Re: Pullet with a drooping wing

Postby eae » Mon Oct 03, 2016 7:10 pm

How would I be able to tell the difference between that and an injury? I've just looked at photos of split wings online, but they don't seem to hang quite as low as this one.

I've read that if it is a broken wing, that binding that wing to her body with vet wrap is quite a successful treatment. I don't want to do that to her though if it is just a defect rather than an injury.
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Re: Pullet with a drooping wing

Postby wolga » Mon Oct 03, 2016 7:55 pm

She might have bruised it a bit flying down from the roost. I've had the same thing
( or at least it looked the same) with some of my pullets over the years . It came right
again after a few days.
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Re: Pullet with a drooping wing

Postby eae » Mon Oct 03, 2016 11:01 pm

In thinking about it a bit more, when I was watching her this afternoon she did a big fluff and flap, and that wing stayed hanging where it was. If it was the split wing thing, the wing should operate normally, right?

Wolga, that is encouraging that yours came right in just a few days - I hope that is the case with this girl. As she was standing on it so much, I decided to wrap it to her body and have isolated her into a quiet spot in one of the broody cages. Unfortunately, both my nice small coops with runs and the emergency spare lawnmower crate with a plastic tote house (lol) are full of sitting hens! I'll check the wing in a few days and hopefully there will have been some improvement. If not, I'll work on the assumption it is a break and re-wrap it for another 10 days.
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Re: Pullet with a drooping wing

Postby Marina » Tue Oct 04, 2016 11:32 am

My take on it is that it's either an injury or Mareks.

If it's an injury the hen will make it known to you that she is in pain when you manipulate the wing and you may feel a swollen joint. In this case wrapping it so that it stays in place is the right thing to do. I, too, had such a hen and she even went to a show 3 months later.

If the wing is paralyzed due to Mareks the hen will not mind being handled and her wing manipulated.

In either case - what you've done is the right thing and only time will tell.

If it is indeed Mareks some other extremity will become paralyzed, often the leg on the same side, and when this happens there unfortunately is nothing more you can do for her :cry:
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Re: Pullet with a drooping wing

Postby sewren » Tue Oct 04, 2016 12:00 pm

I was going to suggest exactly what you have done - to strap it up and isolate her, then keep your fingers crossed. Hopefully it will come right if she can't move it around, but I'm not sure how long you would leave it before making a decision..... I guess if it shows improvement when you do your 10-day check then that is a good sign, otherwise I don't know what to suggest :(
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Re: Pullet with a drooping wing

Postby eae » Tue Oct 04, 2016 12:21 pm

Your comments were well timed, Marina. I just had to bring her inside to re-do the wrapping (it had slipped forward) so had a good feel of her wing. Previously she had not shown any complaint when I moved it around, so that had me concerned about your idea of Mareks. This time I started right up at her shoulder, and straight away when I gave that joint a light squeeze, she squawked and jerked away. I did it again and the same reaction. Hopefully this is more indicative of an injury than Mareks. If it was the latter, is there a usual time frame for progression to the legs?

Do you have any tips on how to wrap it so the binding stays? This time I used a whole roll of vetwrap and about half a metre of duct tape :oops: She's not a huge bird though, so trying to keep the wing in place without getting in the way of her leg at one end, and her crop at the other, is difficult. I'm also cautious of wrapping it too tightly and compromising her breathing. Gee this is hard when they can't say "hey that's too tight!" I ended up cutting notches for the front of her legs and folding it back a bit around her crop. I also trimmed her outer wing feathers (primaries?) as they were just getting in the way.
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Re: Pullet with a drooping wing

Postby eae » Tue Oct 04, 2016 12:57 pm

Oh my goodness I am failing miserably at this. Every attempt I make at wrapping her ends up sliding forward within 30 minutes. Frustrating!
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Re: Pullet with a drooping wing

Postby Foehn » Tue Oct 04, 2016 11:04 pm

Try figure of 8 wrapping, with the crossover between her wings and the other crossover between her legs. You should be able to allow leg movement this way and support both wings while still leaving enough space for her to defecate.
I'd be worried she has dislocated the wing and in this case, it would be an expensive vet visit to have it put back in place. But try immobilizing first.
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Re: Pullet with a drooping wing

Postby Marina » Wed Oct 05, 2016 1:14 pm

If it's Mareks it might progress within a few days or it might take weeks - in other words I don't know. But if she jerked when you touched the joint it sounds more like an injury.

I used masking tape to keep her wing together. You know how it's folded up in a roast chicken - I tried to replicate this in my injured chook. If you try this first, then figure 8 as Foehn suggests with vetwrap to keep the taped wing from moving and then put her into a small box just big enough to sit with a small water and food container in front of her for 2 or 3 days that should keep things in place. I use milk bottes with a hole cut into then tied to the box (make a hole into the carton with scissors or a knife) for food and water and then I close the box and put it into a darkish corner.

After 2 or 3 days she should be used to how that bandage feels and will hopefully be fine in a small pen. My injured chook had her bandage on for 2 weeks and after this the wing was still not quite right but came right by itself.
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Re: Pullet with a drooping wing

Postby eae » Mon Oct 10, 2016 4:49 pm

I finally got a bandage on that stayed on (anchored around her legs in a way that she didn't freak out over). I think it is looking likely to be a dislocation though - feeling her shoulders from behind, the injured one feels lower and quite a lot different than the other. She seems calm enough in the pen with the bandage, so we'll give her the full 2 weeks just in case I'm wrong and see how it is then. From the look of her comb, she was getting ready to start laying, sigh.
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