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Advice needed!! Silkie seems to be limping... *PICTURES*

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mizsmith, May 3, 2016.

  1. mizsmith

    mizsmith Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi there,

    About 3 days ago I noticed my silkie limping a little. She's still in good spirits eating, drinking and walking around (not as much though) I picked her up and looked at her foot and it looked like a chunk of mud was stuck. Reasearched online and found that soaking in Epsom salts would help loosen anything that may need to come off. Soaked her feet for about 15 mins and took away as much of the mud as possible. Rinsed with hydrogen peroxide and put a little vasaline on it .. Ive repeated this process for 3 days now and today noticed it was bleeding a little from a nail? Maybe a nail fell off? Im really not sure what to do so i'm looking for some advice on how to help her.

    Thanks everyone!


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  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Where do you live? It looks like she may have suffered som frostbite on her toes. The Epsom salts warm soaks daily will help, and I would use some iodine on them to help prevent infection. In frostbite in toes there will be a swollen pink area above the blackened dead toe tips. The pink area is live tissue, and unfortunately the black tips will eventually fall off. That is probably what you are seeing in the bloody toe. This is pretty common in cold areas especially during Jan-Feb in the northern hemisphere.
     
  3. mizsmith

    mizsmith Out Of The Brooder

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    I live in Burlington Ontario. Yes it was cold over the winter but hasent been below zero in over a month or so and she just started limping..? Could it still be frost bite?
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    It can be and really looks like it. Silkies diseases in skin can be hard to diagnose, since their skin is so black.It can takes several weeks or a month for it to cause the toes to fall off. Go to the top of this page in the search box and enter "frostbitten toes" to see some pictures. Also you can Google "frostbitten toes in chickens" and look up in images for more pics.
     

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