Hello - I work at a wildlife clinic and we have chickens around, just because chickens are nice. We don't really accept chickens as patients - our patients are wildlife. However, Last night, the animal warden organization dropped off a chicken, with no information. It appears to be an adult hen, maybe a 'bantam' (?) because it's so small. This poor creature's nails were so overgrown and curling under. I took off about a 1/4 inch and didn't hit the quick. The chicken was found somewhere in the inner city.
However - she is walking with her toes curled under. I've seen how 'shoes' can be used to correct this in young birds but what about adult birds? We have hospital facilities here for her to be indoors for a while. It appears she was kept in a very small, innaproproiate environment. I really want to help her - I don't care what she looks like, just so she can walk without pain. I especially want to help her because it seems humans did this to her.
Is there ANY chance of using these corrective shoes/sandals on a full grown bird? What about very gradually (ie starting with a 'ball wrap' (a ball of bandage inside her foot) gradually graduating to a flat shoe?) Or do I have to euthanize her?