Specialised wheelchair helps chickens walk again

  • 28/11/2017

A Melbourne woman has begun a roaring trade in wheelchairs specially made for chickens after one of her rescue chooks developed a disability.

ABC reports Miranda Boulton has been busily building chicken wheelchairs since the beginning of the year.

"It's just me in the garage and in the spare bedroom doing all the sewing," she told the broadcaster.

"It's not profitable. It's a labour of love."

The wheelchairs have been sold all over the world to the United States, Denmark, Germany and New Zealand.

Her business caught the attention of an anonymous donor, who had been following the life of a disabled chicken in the US by the name of Roo.

Roo was unable to walk due to an earlier head injury, but his owner Darcy Smith says with the wheelchair he is improving greatly.

She posted a video of his first physical therapy appointment in the wheelchair to her Facebook page Funky Chicken where it has been viewed nearly 10,000 times.

Ms Smith told the ABC she hopes Roo will soon be able to walk on his own.