Back story - Our cockerel was attacked by a rottweiler last summer,which resulted in a badly broken leg,vet attempted to splint it,but the foot died off. After a great deal of thought & discussion with the vet,we decided to go ahead & amputate the leg (above the knee joint).This was last July. The stump healed well but with him being such a big boy ( buff orpington mix) he has struggled to hop,he can get around but it is an effort & involves a lot of flapping,which tires him. But he has seemed happy,he is eating & drinking & mingling with his ladies.But he has to be lifted in & out of the coop & I have to make sure he has food/water near him,so he gets enough to eat/drink.He has also stopped crowing recently. With the avian flu risk & the containment procedures,my flock are confined to a smaller covered space & his mood seems to have dropped & I am struggling with the decision of if it is the right time to let him go. It is such a difficult decision,as he is eating & drinking,but in the past few weeks,has not been moving around much & doesn't seem happy.He is still feisty,when I lift him in & out of the coop.But I worry about his quality of life.I would hate to think of him suffering,as he's such a special bird,with lots of character & such a fighter.But is it fair to let him carry on?
This is so sad. Unfortunately, only you know when/if the time is right. You could try talking to a vet, maybe a chicken prosthetic (I am imagining he could look a little piratey) could be created for him? You need the super vet man on telly.
I have just Googled 'homemade prosthetic chicken leg' and there are lots of ideas out there!! Seems a shame if he is eating /drinking and still flirting with his ladies to just let him go. . So get googling!!
I have looked into a prosthetic leg,but I am a bit wary about it.A lot of sites have said a homemade prosthetic,can cause damage,as they should be correctly shaped to the stump to avoid injury & really should be done by a professional (like Mr Fitzpatrick!!) but I don't have that kind of money He has perked up today a bit,so I am happier.If his mood drops agai I will take him to the vet & ask his advice.