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Would love some thoughts on my 1-1/2 yr old Jubilee.  Yesterday we noticed her walking funny & not keeping up with her flock.  She is a little shortie (poor thing) & sleeps in a higher nesting box (maybe 2-1/2' to 3' high).  Her legs apprear fine, but her right foot has a toenail that appears blackish at the cuticle (pic wont load), which we put Vetericyn on.  Here's a video of her little clumsy self ;-)  

 

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Nasty right back toe...ewe

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She might have a bit of bumble foot/infection in that back toe, but I doubt that is causing her to wobble so (perhaps, but she doesn't seem to be picking up the foot as if it is sore). She might have injured something jumping down from the high roost. Chickens won't show injury or illness if they can help it as it shows weakness, so it can be hard to guess what might be the underlying cause.

 

Good news is she is eating, drinking, and wanting to move around, but something is definitely going on with this little lady. I would isolate her so she has a warm little spot with food and water close by. Continue to clean the back toe out with Vetricyn and watch it to make sure it doesn't grow into full fledged bumble foot. I read that you can apply Tea Tree oil, vaseline, then bandage to treat moderate bumblefoot, checking and re-bandaging every couple of days.

 

If it is a leg injury, with no broken bones, I can say I had a rooster than was fine one day, and then limped heavily the next. Eating, drinking, but had a severe limp. I couldn't feel any broken bone, and the leg responded properly with the foot flexing with touch. I found some old weed eater twine in an odd place that had been unraveled where it has been sitting elsewhere the previous day, and I think he got caught up in it and injured his leg trying to pull out. I gave him some TLC for a couple of days so the rest of the flock wouldn't make him have to use his leg a lot, and he improved. In a couple of weeks he was walking normally again.

 

A few days of watching her should help sort out if she is sick, injured, or bumblefoot.

 

LofMc

Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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It looks like a broken toenail that's infected. The nest box seems a bit high.

I've read somewhere on BYC that tea tree oil can be toxic for chickens.
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I was just able to load the video. Sweet girls! That's definitely more than a broken toenail.
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Thanks guys.  I put her in our smaller enclosed coop/run and she is waddling around in there.  We examined here again this morning and it seems to be the upper portion of her right leg.  Nothing visible, & doesn't seem swollen but she doesn't want to extend it.  It seems to shake when she tried to.  I started her on antibiotics, vitamins, & electrolytes.  Not sure what else to do.  I'll try to read up on if a brace is helpful for that area or not.

 

 

Thanks again.

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