5mo Pullet /w folded toe. Break and set/splint?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SheenaBee, Jan 13, 2019.

  1. SheenaBee

    SheenaBee Chirping

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    Good afternoon all,
    I have no idea how I didn’t notice this little ones toe when she was a little chick. By the time I saw it, she was about 12 weeks, but didn’t seem to be causing any problems or lameness and it was past the point of an easy chick-shoe solution. Fast forward to today, at approximately 5 months, and she is limping and greatly favouring that leg. My touching the toe appears to be very painful for her. I only see 2 options - either leave her be (I imagine it will only bother her more as time goes on though) or straighten it out (which I imagine is actually breaking bone or a joint) and splint it. She’s otherwise a beautiful partridge Silkie, I’d even show her if not for the toe, so I refuse to cull.
    What would you do? And if you would break and splint, is there tips or anything else I should be aware of that would be different from fixing a chicks toes?
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    **And yes, I know she has some lifted scales.... Scaly leg mites has been an ongoing battle in the flock that I’m working diligently to treat.
     
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Is it the larger back toe that you are talking about? I can't quite figure which toe it is. If it seriously limits her mobility, another possibility might be surgical removal by an avian veterinarian.
     
  3. SheenaBee

    SheenaBee Chirping

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    You’re correct, it’s the larger back toe. There isn’t an avian veterinarian within a few hours drive from where I am, they can do some basic things but it’s rather limited to what they would have dealt with for large local egg producers - infectious disease etc. but nothing requiring anesthesia.
    And sadly, even if they could provide the procedure, it wouldn’t be something that I could work into our budget.
     
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  4. Eggcessive

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    I would wonder about placing something like a cotton ball or rolled up gauze pad between the toe and the foot pad, and taping that in place with strips of vet wrap, similar to a bumblefoot dressing. Then every few days try to add more gauze or a larger cotton ball to try and move the toe around eventually. It may not be possible to fix, but you can try. Here is a video for the bumblefoot dressing technique:
     
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  5. SheenaBee

    SheenaBee Chirping

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    Your idea might be worth a try! Doing it gradually hadn't even crossed my mind. I think I’ll try that tomorrow. Thanks!
     

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