Swollen cockrell leg

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Swollen cockrell leg

Postby 10eel » Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:32 pm

Hello, Im wondering if anyone has seen this before?

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I've got a young slw and hes developed swelling in one of his legs 2 weeks ago, and its increased in size over the last week. he was walking on it fine until 2 days ago, now he sits more and limbs a bit while running. maybe a month ago i woke up to the lengthy noise they make if they get a fright or has gotten hurt but couldn't tell what happened as he didn't carry on once i got there, not sure if that's related. i have a barred rock cockrel, same age, was raised together so they have been working out who's boss in a non violent way so cant think what else it might be apart from hurting himself jumping from the 1.5m tree where they sleep or if its some disease. he still eats fine.

I've tried googling but nothing i've seen is this swollen

cheers
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Re: Swollen cockrell leg

Postby Marina » Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:10 pm

Hi 10eel and welcome to PC.

Have you held your cockerel's legs in your hands to compare their temperatures? If one feels hotter than the other the swelling is most likely caused by an infection. Hedgehogs can bite chickens legs and such bites sometimes get infected. If this is the case he'll need antibiotics which you can only get from a vet.

It's difficult to treat leg and foot injuries in poultry with antibiotics as there is very little blood flow which means that only a small amount of medicine will reach the place where it is needed. So please be prepared for substantial vet bills and a long road to recovery - or make up your mind whether you actually have a need for this cockerel. There is always the option of waiting it out and giving it time to try to heal by itself.

I don't know of any other possible cause for a badly swollen leg. Very sorry about that.
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Re: Swollen cockrell leg

Postby 10eel » Thu Apr 11, 2019 2:51 pm

Cheers, yea i took him to the vet and got a not so good prognosis, was infection. had him euthanized. Thank you for your input about temperature. It sucks but im glad to have learnt more so i can act faster if something like that happens again.
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