Chicken with one leg
by Nanette Talbot
My Chicken with one leg. Why? because at 4 months old a cat attacked her.
She is now 15 months old and laying eggs, but with one leg the other 12 chickens peck her neck and she hides in a flower pot laying on her side to protect herself from the nasty pecking chickens.
Since she sits almost all day long, she also sits on her poop, and it gets caked on.
We put her in a bath of warm water once a week to get the cakes off, but noticed today that her area above her anus is bright red and is totally baron of down, it is raw, red skin and a patch the size of a baseball.
We are considering putting her is a separate coop to protect her from the other chickens. Any other suggestions are greatly appreciated as we love her stamina and don't want to see her suffer anymore than she already has.
I am especially concerned now that winter is setting into the Philadelphia suburbs and she is not as heavy as the other chickens.Answer
I think your idea of separating her is the best thing. Chickens can be merciless to a weaker member of the flock.
If you can keep her dry and clean and happy she can be a good egg laying pet. You may want to consider if it is humane to allow her to continue in this state.
Her quality of life is in your hands. Keeping her with a flock that doesn’t want her around isn’t fair with her disability.
I would treat any open wounds with antibiotics. By separating her from the group, she should heal quickly and not be so stressed.