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Broken toenail/toe? Now standing on one foot....

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One of my chickens who just started laying a few weeks ago started limping yesterday, this is a buff bantm brahma ... i checked it and its main toenail on one foot is totally bent back and the toe tip is swollen.

what can i do? i do not know how this happened... its one of my favorite one because it follows me around everywhere.

i do not think there are any vets in this area that deal with poultry....

any pain killer i could give it?  i do not see any external bleeding to put neosporin on....


Edited by ReiMiraa - 4/13/10 at 9:10am

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Perhaps you could put a little splint on it?   Or trim up the toenail?  You could wrap the chicken in a towel or burlap bag, and cover it's eyes....it will remain calm and docile while you do that.  If there is a cut, liquid bandage works really well on  chicken skin.

Currently keeping a flock of 14 chickens, one rooster and 13 hens.  I have three Easter Eggers, three Golden Buffs, two Marans and six Buff Brahmas.  My hobbies are gardening, chicken keeping, and beekeeping.  I'm married with two sons, a step son and daughter, and two really cute grandkids!
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Currently keeping a flock of 14 chickens, one rooster and 13 hens.  I have three Easter Eggers, three Golden Buffs, two Marans and six Buff Brahmas.  My hobbies are gardening, chicken keeping, and beekeeping.  I'm married with two sons, a step son and daughter, and two really cute grandkids!
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i will post a picture later today..... the nail is not hanging off... just bent back at 90 degrees...

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i got pics of it....

i think they are  thumbnail images but if you click on it it should enlarge.....

i found the hen this morning on the roost and couldn't get down. it slept on the roost on one foot all night... and couldn't get down with one foot... so i set it down next to food and water...
i took these pics this morning.. i won't beable to ten to the chicken till this afternoon after classes (college student)..... but while i am in town i could buy supplies to help it. should i buy at the feed store some of that no bleed powder?  would i have to remove the nail completely? would it grow back???

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/thumbs/45279_p1030386.jpg

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/thumbs/45279_p1030385.jpg

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alright. i went to the feed store and a person there had a chicken with a bad tow once (but not like mine.... just a broken toe)

she said to cut it off. so i got the wound powder and some water soulble antibiotics and also stopped by my dog vet for an opinion from a picture.

he thinks it was broken. he gave me som lorzacane to numb it for a few minutes before i was going to. mom showed up and she cut it for me while my boyfriend held it tight. then i put tons of powder on it after it bled.  the chicken walked on its foot right away....

so we isolated the chicken in a tractor with some antibiotic water and a little mix of food (layer, scratch, protein feed for roosters)
i might leave it in there for the night if it doesn't go below 40, cause i know how chickens are about the smell of blood...... and my coop is not clean compared to the lawn.....

so that is the update, the toenail is cut clean off.

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