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Help with chicken foot. Toe tip was cut off.

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We have a six month old buff rock.  When we moved her out with the rest of the flock to the newly built coop, the next day I found her with blood all over her, coming to realize that the tip of left most toe on her left foot was off, and bleeding.  Not sure what she caught it on or how it happened.  This was about five weeks ago or so.  We immediately quarantined her and used Bluekote, and wrapped it.  Naturally she pecked at it, but everything was going relatively well.  After about a week or so, we reintroduced her to the flock.  Again naturally the rest were pecking at her new piece of clothing.  Since then we've been battling with the bandage coming off and her pecking at it.  We would redress it cleaning it with alcohol pads instead of Bluekote, thinking that the Bluekote was attracting the others to peck at it.  So over the weekend, she got the latest bandage off, and wasn't seeming to peck at the scab.  Left it over night and the next day uncovered to air dry, just fine.  Then we noticed it was picked and raw again.  So we cleaned the wound with water and dipped the toe tip in Bluekote and applied Neosporin (saw to use it from another post) to the wound.  Just this evening, her foot seems to be swelling.  I'm wondering if it's from the Neosporin?  Is it infected?  Should we not use Neosporin at all?  Should we not use alcohol pads?  What else can we do?  If it is infected, any recommendations on what to do?   Why isn't it healing?

Just to add we are using yellow vet wrap along with non-stick gauze.

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OK it wasn't swollen.  I think it just looked that way with the bandage wrapped around the foot.  But today she got the bandage off and everybody's pecking at it, so we're back to square one.  It was bleeding profusely and through the bloodstop powder (I guess it didn't stop so well.), nonstick gauze AND Vetwrap.  So no we have her isolated.  This has been going on for well over two months, and we're at out whits ends.  She's a good chicken, but we're wondering if it's worth the hassle for much longer.  WHY WON'T IT HEAL ALREADY!!!   HELP!!!he

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i recently had to cut a toe off...i have sand in my coop so when i found him it was caked in sand...we cleaned it with water and put proxide on it...put neosporin on it..best we could...kept him in the house all day and night and most of the next day...it got a good scab on it so we put him outside with rest...well his scab came off and it bled a little but no one bothered it ..so now the skin has almost completely covered his stub and it looks really good...i would just leave it with no covering away from the others until it gets a scab that way it's not so noticable to the others..mine got lucky because the sand comoflauged it and actually stopped the bleeding!

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maybe the sand is what made mine heal fast..i don't know if you could burn the tip to get it to stop bleeding..my husbands suggestion...i think putting sand on it is worth a try:idunno

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Stop wrapping the toe. It needs to harden over, develop a callus on the missing toe tip. I have a hen that lost a leg mid shank from a raccoon biting it off. I wrapped it initially until the bone tip was cured so to speak, then when skin growth started, I left it unwrapped so it could continue to callus over. The shank end is now totally covered over with skin and it has a callused ball tip that she's able to put down to walk on. That's what I would do.

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Agreed- try powdering it with wound powder frequently, which the others ill not like (tastes terrible).  You get it at tack and farm stores.  But she may need a day or two away from the others, when they get going on blood they can kill another bird.  If it swells you may need an antibiotic.  Might be a precaution when treating with wound powder, anyway.


Edited by LynneP - 7/12/10 at 10:56am

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I should mention that with my suggestion, the bird is of course kept by herself, where no one else can aggravate her toe and allows it a chance to start doing what it needs to do.

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post #8 of 9

One thing you can try is, to clean the toe really well with some peroxide, soap and water, then dry it off real good.  If you can get it to the point where it is dry and not bleeding, put a healthy coating of a product called "New Skin" on it.  You'll need to keep the chicken still until this dries. 

Once it's dry, it makes a nice shield for the wound to heal under.

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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Thanks for the input.  We'll keep you updated on the progress.fl


Edited by dot n'dave - 7/12/10 at 11:29am
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