Charlie AGAIN! Swollen "foot"--what is it?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Terri O, Jan 8, 2010.

  1. Terri O

    Terri O Chillin' With My Peeps

    OK, so Charlie my house chicken had a pale comb last week and I treated him for mites/lice, changed his diet to gamebird feed, gave him some grit and he has been resting on a towel with a heating pad under it. Today I picked him up to see if the lice were gone. His stump is severely swollen (he has no feet or lower legs) and warm. This is what I did: I tried a 20 g needle to drawout what was there-nothing. I tried a 16g needle-still nothing. I opened up the squooshy blob with a scalpel--there was no liquid, just grayish stuff with bubbles in it. I pressed and manipulated it around and the bubbles popped. I washed the cut with soap and water and put topical gel on it.
    Anything else I should do? It didnt smell at all. what was it? He is ust sleeping now like he has been all day. Any ideas? Terri O
     
  2. farmin'chick

    farmin'chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know about with birds, but with people that lose a limb, they can get edema, which just means fluid accumulating in the tissue. That sounds like what you're describing. You can try getting him to elevate it -- I know, that's a "Yeah, right!" or you can figure out some kind of a stretchy sock -- they use what's called a circulation stocking on people. Sorry, that's the best I can do!
     
  3. Terri O

    Terri O Chillin' With My Peeps

    I wonder if the extra heat is what made it swell? It wasnt turgid like edema...and I guess I never saw what that would look like if you cut a person's edema open...THose bubbles really surprised me! I thought there would be blood or pus or something else really gross in there. I guess I will just watch it...maybe I can get some diuretic for him! LOL--Terri O
     
  4. Country4ever

    Country4ever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmmmmm..........the bubbles make me wonder about gas gangrene??
     
  5. Terri O

    Terri O Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Do you think that would stink though? I have not heard of that....oh great, something else to worry about! Can someone enlighten me please? Thanks! Terri O and Charlie the House Chicken who has a hen friend in here now too!
     
  6. Terri O

    Terri O Chillin' With My Peeps

    The only stuff I found about gas gangrene was for people and it said that penicillin could be used. Do you think I should give him some? A shot or orally what should I do? It seems very painful for him today and it is pretty warm. Should I open it again? Help! Terri O
     
  7. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would definately give him the pen shot, poor charlie [​IMG]
     
  8. Terri O

    Terri O Chillin' With My Peeps

    I gave him .2cc of pennG that I have for my livestock. He is not any different yet--only a few hours later--is that enough or should I give more? Thanks! Terri O in WI
     
  9. Terri O

    Terri O Chillin' With My Peeps

    This mrning Charlie is definitely worse! The end f his stump is hot and swollen. SHould I continue with the PennG r do you think something else would be better? Please help! Terri O in WI
     
  10. Country4ever

    Country4ever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wish I could help you more Terri. DH is an M.D. and he said you need a broad spectrum antibiotic. Penicillin isn't broad. Can you get something soon that's broad spectrum? Would a tractor supply store have something? Sounds like she could be getting septic. I'm so sorry.
     

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