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Okay i need help! Never have i ever seen frostbite this bad i have a pullet and she got her legs caught in a cage when she flew up on it i think she broke one leg i fixed that. The other leg either had circulation cut off or extreme frostbite. Her leg is extremely hot i started her on penicillian today is day 2 of that ive been soaking in epsom salt daily and it is bubbled stinks terribly and she can not move her toes she can walk on it but can not bend the toes. She acts perfectly normal no changes in her behavior. Ive had her in the house and have been keeping it as clean as i can. Is there anything else i can do or anyone who has experienced this? I do not want to have to kill her as she is very young but if she gives up i will i dont want suffering. I wont evwn be able to eat her becuz of the infection. If it is frostbite will gang green set in and spread or will her foot just rot off? In all the years ive had chickens i have never ever seen anything this bad. Anything i can do to help her thanks in advance!
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Sorry about your chicken. It sounds as though you are doing the right things for her. I would get some Vetericyn Wound Spray at your local feed store to spray on the affected legs. If a vet is possible, you could take her in for Xrays and better medicines, but most prefer to treat themselves due to cost and many vets not seeing chickens. Here are 2 good links to read about frostbite: 

http://www.tillysnest.com/2013/01/frostbite-and-backyard-chickens-html/

http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2013/12/frostbit-in-backyard-chickens-causes.html

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Sorry about your chicken. It sounds as though you are doing the right things for her. I would get some Vetericyn Wound Spray at your local feed store to spray on the affected legs. If a vet is possible, you could take her in for Xrays and better medicines, but most prefer to treat themselves due to cost and many vets not seeing chickens. Here are 2 good links to read about frostbite: 
http://www.tillysnest.com/2013/01/frostbite-and-backyard-chickens-html/
http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2013/12/frostbit-in-backyard-chickens-causes.html

I actually have that spray does it help real good with infection? At this point im sure that its infected from the smell and the heat i think i will call my vet tomorrow and see the costs and go from there. How much epsom salt would u recommend putting in water ive been guessing at it. Someone told me to also add peroxide to it but im kinda hesitant to mix them. I dont want her to suffer i really like her but if she goes down hill and theres nothing else i can do ill have to let her go. Ill read these articles now thanks for all ur help!
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Vetericyn is great for frostbite. I would read the label on the epsom salts for the amount to use. I would thkjnk that 2 ounces or 1/4 cup per gallon of water would work.
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Vetericyn is great for frostbite. I would read the label on the epsom salts for the amount to use. I would thkjnk that 2 ounces or 1/4 cup per gallon of water would work.

Okay awesome thank u i will try that!
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