I'm starting to wonder if this chicken's leg was broken instead of a spinal or brain injury. I just gave her a bath because she had some bathroom issues, you can imagine a chicken laying down for a week. One of her knees, for lack of a better word, is about twice the size of the other one. She still cannot stand but makes gallant flapping efforts to try every hour or so. She is a courageous little thing.
I even took her to the vet and he gave me injections for her for a spinal injury. He may not even have notice her leg.
Well, anyway she is still alive. I still give her water and food with a syring, no needle of course.
If it is a broken leg will it heal on it's own? Geeze.
It seems strange doesn't it if she hit her head on the top of the cage, that is would have broken her leg? Unless she broke her leg when she fell.
Both of her feet seem to be paralyzed, but she has the ability to move at least one of her legs back and forth sideways. She may have injured her "knee" from all that motion, hitting the container she is in.
After her bath I halfway filled the container with shavings so she will be more comfortable.
I fed her some malt-o-meal this morning because it was something that would soften and pull up in the syringe. This afternoon I was reading they like sour cream and molasses, so I tried that. She seemed to perk up after that. So I put a bowl of chicken feed in there and she started eating like she was starving. I hope that is good news.
I'm going to take her with me tomorrow to Amarillo, so I can make sure she is getting water. Not sure if I want to take her back to the vet or not. I might. It is an option.
I also read that someone soaked their chicken's leg in epsom salt and it helped them. I may try that tonight. She is such a sweet little thing.
Having had a similar experience, what I found helped was to get the chicken into something that allowed them to move their legs without having to support any weight. I made a cardboard sling, that kept the bird upright, and let the legs dangle. The back was open at the bottom so they don't accumulate poop, and the food and water were at chest level in front of them. Sounds more complicated that it is, it really wasn't difficult. Maybe you could find some way to get her off the ground, and in a more natural position.
Can't hurt, might help :)
Is your Vet an Avian Vet, or even familiar with chickens? I asked my primary Vet if she'd treat a chicken, and her response was "Not if you want it to live". She said the same for rabbits :(
Still, she did agree to let me research and bring her articles on chicken medicine, and would be willing to prescribe from that.
Wish you could see her right now sitting on my carpet in the living room, feet under her, not falling over, and eating chicken scratch. Peeping. There is hope. If my batteries were charged in my camera, I'd do a video. It is really amazing after where she has been.
The chicken I spoke of is now doing fine. I'm pretty sure it was Marek's, but as I said, keeping him upright and off his feet, while still being able to eat and drink seems to have allowed him to recover. He went through a later issue with apparent blindness,(possibly also Marek's related) which has also resolved.
Both took time. I think he was seperate from the others for over a month the first time, and two weeks the next.
I'm always amazed at just how much they can survive :)