Sadly, my five week old chick got it's foot smashed yesterday by a shovel while my children were digging worms for her. I wasn't present, but it appears to be the only injury (no internal injuries, I think). I'm trying to assess how bad the damage is and am not sure how accurate, but this is what I can divine.
- It has no cuts, I washed the feet carefully.
- Swelling is present on the ankle.
- It eats and drinks.
- The injured foot does not curl the toes like the healthy foot.
I've given it a diluted aspirin solution for the past night...but it's challenging getting it to drink. I'm not sure what else I can do for the chick other than wait. Should I splint it? Is it typical for the injured foot not to respond or is it fully broken? Any other ways I can help the chick?