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Twisted toenail on hen, do I trim back a little or all the way?

 

Another rescued hen. At one time one of her legs had scale ( I covered it with vaseline for a few weeks).

 

It seems like the scale healed before I got her but the longest toe grew a twisted nail as a result and it is over 1/2 inch long.

 

I trimmed it back a bit when she came and it bled a little.

 

I am afraid to trim it back to normal size due to the quick and the risk of blood/infection.

 

I was told just trim a little off every few weeks...

 

But I am afraid she will get it caught in something and tear or break her big main toe?

 

What should I do?

 

She is managing so far in getting around, but clearly she would walk better with a shorter nail.

 

SO would you trim a little every other week OR just chop it back to normal length? I think the quick will bleed either way.

 

Thanks!

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Life on the Coast: Rain, Wind, Sun, Sand... lately people keep giving me chickens......and I give out eggs!

NOW Home to Eight Laying Hens; Six Ducks; a bunch of cats, one Awesome Border/Aussie hen guarding dog, one 21 year old TB horse, and one super great tolerant partner.

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Twisted toenail on hen, do I trim back a little or all the way?

 

Another rescued hen. At one time one of her legs had scale ( I covered it with vaseline for a few weeks).

 

It seems like the scale healed before I got her but the longest toe grew a twisted nail as a result and it is over 1/2 inch long.

 

I trimmed it back a bit when she came and it bled a little.

 

I am afraid to trim it back to normal size due to the quick and the risk of blood/infection.

 

I was told just trim a little off every few weeks...

 

But I am afraid she will get it caught in something and tear or break her big main toe?

 

What should I do?

 

She is managing so far in getting around, but clearly she would walk better with a shorter nail.

 

SO would you trim a little every other week OR just chop it back to normal length? I think the quick will bleed either way.

 

Thanks!

A little over time should work, since it will continue to grow back that way. 

 

Good idea to have a septic stick to stop the bleeding and a bottle of purple anti-septic spray to hide the fresh wound and blood weeping until it seals. 

 

The larger the cut, the greater chance for severe bleeding, pecking/infection, etc. IMHO  Would isolate the bird a few days and monitor closely.  Could also apply a dab of NuSkin to a larger cut/wound to seal and speed healing.....Your choice.....Please let us know.   Thanks!  smile.png

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Wife to DH, 0 children, Mom to Lady Laura (Whippet/dog), Co-parent with Hubby to 2 Roos, 10 Hens, and incubating chicks because we Love our Chickens.

        We have hatching eggs for sale!      

                They are AM/Wheaten x E E's.  

                Eggs are blue, blue/green and green. 

                 Please PM if interested.  Thanks! 

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A little over time should work, since it will continue to grow back that way. 

 

Good idea to have a septic stick to stop the bleeding and a bottle of purple anti-septic spray to hide the fresh wound and blood weeping until it seals. 

 

The larger the cut, the greater chance for severe bleeding, pecking/infection, etc. IMHO  Would isolate the bird a few days and monitor closely.  Could also apply a dab of NuSkin to a larger cut/wound to seal and speed healing.....Your choice.....Please let us know.   Thanks!  smile.png

Hey KM, did you make a decision on trimming that toe?  If so, how is it going.  Let me know.... Thanks   thumbsup.gif

Wife to DH, 0 children, Mom to Lady Laura (Whippet/dog), Co-parent with Hubby to 2 Roos, 10 Hens, and incubating chicks because we Love our Chickens.

        We have hatching eggs for sale!      

                They are AM/Wheaten x E E's.  

                Eggs are blue, blue/green and green. 

                 Please PM if interested.  Thanks! 

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Wife to DH, 0 children, Mom to Lady Laura (Whippet/dog), Co-parent with Hubby to 2 Roos, 10 Hens, and incubating chicks because we Love our Chickens.

        We have hatching eggs for sale!      

                They are AM/Wheaten x E E's.  

                Eggs are blue, blue/green and green. 

                 Please PM if interested.  Thanks! 

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