2 Lame hens with suspicious swelling on only one foot

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by coachhaze60, Nov 13, 2008.

  1. coachhaze60

    coachhaze60 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have free range chickens in NC and my neighbor that lives nearby has several different animals including several sheep and goats. My girls and boys do wander but predominantly stay in my backyard scratching for food while I am at work. I am curious about the swelling and discoloration of the two sex link hens' feet. I noticed goat poo showing up in my yard again and it's no biggie, more fertilizer for my garden and yard. My wife was home a few days ago and saw the Jacob's sheep back in our yard eating the food I left for my chickens and ducks. Could these sheep have stomped on my chickens' feet and caused this to happen? My girls, with the bruised feet, are put up for now but since this is the first time to see this I am puzzled. There is no blood, when food was placed near them they ate readily but they were not happy little campers either. The leg doesn't appear to be broken but was wondering about their toes possibly being broken because they are, both, holding up thier leg and not placing any weight on thier leg. Any suggestions??
     
  2. Sooner Chic-en

    Sooner Chic-en Out Of The Brooder

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    A couple of weeks ago, I had a similar situation. My RIR hen hopped on one foot, the other was swollen and she kept it tucked, I examined her and could see where a spider may have bit her, it took about a week for her to recover, but now she's all over the place like nothing ever happened, you may want to check for that, but the odd's of it happening to two at the same time probably isn't the same situation. Good luck in finding out the source.
     
  3. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

    Sep 25, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    Does it look like there's a bubble under the skin? Could be bumblefoot very common.
     
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Can you post a photo?

    What does the bottom of the foot like? Is there a open or scabbed sore? Bumble foot is a staph infection.
     
  5. coachhaze60

    coachhaze60 Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't think i's bumblefoot I had a roo die from complications of that last year so I am pretty sure it isn't that. The discoloration of the foot is what caught my attention. Since both girls' feet are a yellow color the greenish blue color and one girl's foot appears to be swollen on the top. I checked the bottoms of their feet and didn't see anything out of the ordinary.
     

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