Hello Everyone, I need some advice.
My French Wheaten Marans Cockerel somehow suffered a severe case of frostbite. He also developed a cold and was very thin. I brough him in a couple weeks ago and have been treating him for all of the above. I thought he was going to die and considered putting him down, but he still had a good appitite and was up and about and engaging with us, so, I gave him asprin for pain, a round of antibiotics for the RI, electrolytes in his water and yogurt and scrambled eggs with his regular food (layer pellets,BOSS, scratch grain, scraps) He is fine now except for the feet. I dont have a picture fo them but the left foot has completely died back above the ankle, and on the right all the toes are dead, and part of the foot. There is no sign of infection, and the live tissue at the edge of the dead part seems to be growing. It looks to me like he is going to make it, he is gaining every day.
I am treating the feet with daily soaks in epsom salts, then a coating of antibacterial ointment, followed by a clean pair of socks.
He is trying to walk, but he is really lopsided and has a hard time. I remember seeing stories about people fitting roosters with artificial feet, allowing them to live a normal life. I was hoping someone on here has done this or might be good at something like this and be able to offer up some ideas.
Also if anyone has advice on how to care for him, or can tell me what is going to happen from here, like when will the dead parts fall off? Is there anything special I need to do at that point, ect.
Thank you for any advice you can give.
I will get some pictures and post them later.
Edited by VioletBlueIvy - 3/28/11 at 12:32pm