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Date Posted: 21:07:43 11/18/15 Wed
Author: Tara Bauer (Perplexed)
Subject: Injured Leg of my 7 Mth Cockerel Blue Astralorp

Please Help....My Seventh Month Old Cockerel -Blue Astralorp

Physical Symptom & Treatment History
-Was bitten by the neighbors Pitbull/Two side flesh wounds were minor/I immediately
sprayed with Purple Antiseptic Spray to Seal and disinfect wound.
-Had severe bruising under right leg and x-ray showed no broken leg from Hock joint
-The first day after the attack he limped a little/He remained in the outside run
-The second day, He limped barely putting any weight on right leg
-The third day, He seemed worse, and We took him to vet for exam and x-ray
(noted above)
-The fourth day he just laid on the ground; We brought him indoors. I gave him
40 mg of baby aspirin in yogurt
-The fifth day and 12 hours later I gave him another 40 mg. Another 40mg on day 6.
-I would take him outside to get sunshine.
-I gave him a couple of partial baths to clean his bottom of pooh.
-I sprayed him for his chicken lice.
-He has pretty much been lame the entire time. His good leg has now weakened. His
bad leg (right) used to just drag behind him. Now he can put it out to the side and
sometimes under him, but no weight on it. The Hock joint is very sore, as well as the top
of his leg, and under muscle of leg.
-There are no visible signs that show inflammation or a swollen or out of place joint.
-I hold him up so he can try and stand and exercise his wings.
Appetite & Diet
-His appetite remained good. I put electrolytes in his water. I feed him good poultry
food with watermelon. Sometimes I would add pureed banana squash. I also gave him
a multi-vitamin for birds.(no vit. B12 in it though) I have also given him boiled eggs
with crushed shells. He was not a fan of tuna or raw hamburger.
-His pooh is green, brown and whitish and not very firm.
-He was in the garage for a couple of nights, then...
-He was isolated in our living room where it was warm and where I could visit him more.
-He is now in the garage. Warm and dry, and I visit him about 4-5 times a day. He seems more sad. (I've even carried him around our female hens that he knows.)
-He did not like the sling that I tried putting him in a week after the attack.
-I wrapped towels in a doughnut shape and prop up both of his sides.
Current Condition
We are now at a week and a half out from the pitbull attack. He still can not stand.
He has tried, and he flaps his wings. He just keeps the sore leg out with no pressure.
I'm at a loss at what to do. He is the sweetest rooster, and I don't want to lose him.
I also don't want him to be miserable. His appetite is down, and his comb and wattle are
darkening a bit. I can't tell if it's the Dicautamous Earth dusted upon him.

Please Help with any advice....

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