Blisters on feet

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Banjoplayer, Dec 18, 2014.

  1. Banjoplayer

    Banjoplayer Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi y'all,
    I hatched out some chicks a few weeks ago, and two of them had little blisters on their feet. I put some coconut oil on them, and they started to heal, but they never finished, so they now have scabs and sometimes open blisters on their feet. (I'm guessing they picked at the scabs.) They are eating and drinking normally, and none of the other chicks have it. I have no idea what could have caused it! They grab things with their feet, are walking normally, and don't seem to be in pain. The only thing I noticed that seemed odd is that one of them hatched with his eye stuck shut. It opened at about 1 1/2 weeks old, and he is much smaller than all the rest. (This one was one of the first to hatch.) All the chicks are 4 wks old today. Any ideas about what is wrong? I have the little one separated because the bigger chicks were not letting him eat.
    Thanks!
    ~Hope
     
  2. ChickyChickens

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  3. Banjoplayer

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    Size difference, these are the two smallest.

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  4. Eggcessive

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    It looks likes footpad dermatitis, also called pododermatitis, which comes from walking on wet or soiled litter. Spilled waterers and droppings(especially if the diet is high in soy) can burn the feet. If you have them indoors, I would soak their feet daily in warm epsom salts water, then dry completely. Make sure they are on dry pine shavings litter or on dry towels or paper towel that is clean. Sometimes a deficiency of the mineral biotin may cause this, but with more than one showing it, it may not be the reason.
    http://msucares.com/pubs/publications/p2769.pdf
    http://archive.defra.gov.uk/foodfarm/farmanimal/welfare/onfarm/documents/fpd-key-card.pdf
     
  5. Banjoplayer

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    I did think it might be wet bedding, but they have had this ever since they hatched. Would that still be a cause? The bedding in the brooder is hay, and they haven't knocked the water over. (yet [​IMG] ) I have been changing the bedding every day. How long would it take to show improvement? I have also been cleaning their feet, though not with epsom salts. I will start doing that! Is the mineral deficiency inherited? I hatched these eggs from a friends flock. They are mixed breed, and these are the only two that look alike. Thank you for your help!

    ~Hope
     
  6. Banjoplayer

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    I have been researching, and I think it may be a pantothenic acid deficiency. The eye stuck shut, the blisters started on the toes, and they do have ruffled feathers. Do you think it is inherited/ passed on by the hen? These are the only two that are showing signs, all the others are healthy. I am now supplementing their food with egg yolk and sunflower seeds, is there anything else I should do? I ruled out the wet bedding, because I have been changing it frequently, and it has never been wet. ( I was afraid of respiratory issues...)
    ~Hope
     

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