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4wk old chick with broken toe, what do I do?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Cats Critters, Jun 2, 2009.

  1. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

    I copied the questions off the sticky to answer them, here they are:
    1) What type of bird , age and weight.

    A 4wk old EE chick, no idea on weight
    2) What is the behavior, exactly.

    It's acting normal.
    3) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.

    The toe is bent at a weird angle, but I can move it to normal position but it chirps like it hurts when I do that.
    4) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.

    I think it did it either when it flew/fell from my hand back into the run or when jumping down from their roost.
    5) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.

    Chick starter/grower, grass, and plain water
    6) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.

    Normal
    7) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?

    Nothing yet
    8 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?

    Do it myself if possible
    9) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.

    I can take one tomorrow if need.
    10) Describe the housing/bedding in use

    A chicken Tractor on grass with access to the run when I'm out there

    If anyone has any ideas please help!​
     
  2. allmypeeps

    allmypeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    broken toes usually must heal on their own.

    My hen recently broke her middle toe right at the joint where it connects to her foot (owch!) My vet said to just make sure she rests and give her a month.

    so, REST...take away perches and keep her quiet w/ limited mobility to help it heal so she does not reinjure it or keep it from healing by continually trying to use it.

    In your case w/out seeing a pic to see how bad it is, you may want to put the toe in 'normal' position and make a splint or cardboard pad to tape it to...???

    Make sure it does not get infected. It may turn bluish and bruised and slightly swollen, but it should gradually get better. If it looks like it may be infected at all you may want to administer antibiotics.

    Baby aspirin can be given for pain- or so I have read in another post. I am not sure what dose but can try to find the post.

    good luck,

    e
     
  3. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

    In your case w/out seeing a pic to see how bad it is, you may want to put the toe in 'normal' position and make a splint or cardboard pad to tape it to...???

    I'll try getting a picture tomorrow, and try the splint idea, Thanks!​
     
  4. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Quote:I'll try getting a picture tomorrow, and try the splint idea, Thanks!

    I agree, since you can move it easily, I'd put it into a more normal position and splint it with lightweight cardboard and duct tape. It will keep her a lot more comfortable while it heals. I wouldn't worry a whole lot about whether you get it back to its original position; it's more about holding it still so it can heal without shifting around, and in a position were it will rest normally on the ground when healed.
     
  5. kycklingar!

    kycklingar! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, a gentle splint will be all you need! Do what ddawn said, but I have one addition - rub the toes in olive oil before you splint the foot. It will help you remove the dut tape without ripping scales off the feet.
     
  6. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

    rub the toes in olive oil before you splint the foot. It will help you remove the duck tape without ripping scales off the feet.

    Thanks, I'll do that because that just sounds painful to do to the feet.​
     
  7. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

    Got it bandaged it and one of the ofter chicks are in my room (in a 10gallon tank) so I can keep an eye on it. Here are some pictures:

    The broken toe:
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    The Chick(any guess on sex are welcome):
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    And Bandaged(I had to rebandage because it got it off [​IMG] ):
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  8. jubes mum

    jubes mum New Egg

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    hi just trying to find out what i can do to help my 2 week old jubilee orpington ,she has a broken toe .It just swings at the knee joint I suppose ,its her middle toe.
    she is so tiny that its difficult to even handle without a magnifying glass.
    imagine clenching your fist and she sits in the clench
    Now ive read some responces, perhaps a cocktail stick or part of one against a soft wool not to hurt or rub her little leg..I'll keep her seperate because the other chicks keep pecking at anything alien
    jubes mum
     

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