Chick foot problem please help!

The Ballet Chicken

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One of my chicks is about two weeks old and had a bit of pooo crusted to her foot. I figured it would come off. About a week later it looks like chunks of skin are coming off. I put triple antibiotic ointment yesterday and soaked her in water today.
 

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Wyorp Rock

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One of my chicks is about two weeks old and had a bit of pooo crusted to her foot. I figured it would come off. About a week later it looks like chunks of skin are coming off. I put triple antibiotic ointment yesterday and soaked her in water today.

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What are you using for bedding?
How many chicks do you have?

Looks like the other foot is getting infected too?
I would soak in epsom salts, chlorhexidine or betadine. DRY both feet well.
Apply a small amount of triple antibiotic ointment, then wrap the feet (I would wrap both).
Keep her on clean dry bedding. Check the feet daily and soak, apply ointment, re-wrap as needed.
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Wyorp Rock

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I’m moving them to a bigger dog crate soon. Could this be contagious? Should I separate her?
had a bit of pooo crusted to her foot. I figured it would come off. About a week later it looks like chunks of skin are coming off

Is their housing ready?
Getting them outside as soon as you can would be good - they are way too cramped in that tote.
The brooder has poop and dampness....you have no bedding to absorb moisture.
The poop that was crusted on the foot...that will burn the tissue (contact Dermititis).
Get them on clean dry bedding. Clean up water spills.

I would not say it's "contagious" but if their feet are not kept relatively clean (they need on clean dry bedding), then the others likely can develop sores on the feet too.
In a brooder, the bedding needs to be refreshed frequently or you need to scoop poop out.
 

The Ballet Chicken

In the Brooder
Nov 10, 2017
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Is their housing ready?
Getting them outside as soon as you can would be good - they are way too cramped in that tote.
The brooder has poop and dampness....you have no bedding to absorb moisture.
The poop that was crusted on the foot...that will burn the tissue (contact Dermititis).
Get them on clean dry bedding. Clean up water spills.

I would not say it's "contagious" but if their feet are not kept relatively clean (they need on clean dry bedding), then the others likely can develop sores on the feet too.
In a brooder, the bedding needs to be refreshed frequently or you need to scoop poop out.
Like outside outside? I’m making an outdoor area for them as I live in Florida and it’s already in the 80s. Not permanent but to get them out of the brooder until I can get them into the other. I can finish setting it up today or tomorrow. Also there is newspaper under the liner. Would steroid cream work for contact dermatitis?
 
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Mamatomany123

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I’m moving them to a bigger dog crate soon. Could this be contagious? Should I separate her?
Way too small and dirty. They need much more room or you may end up having them peck at eachother. Also, from my experience chicks need their bedding changed out daily in a brooder. I bet if you kept it clean then the foot issue would begin to clear up.
 

Wyorp Rock

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Like outside outside? I’m making an outdoor area for them as I live in Florida and it’s already in the 80s. Not permanent but to get them out of the brooder until I can get them into the other. I can finish setting it up today or tomorrow. Also there is newspaper under the liner. Would steroid cream work for contact dermatitis?
No, I would use the triple antibiotic ointment. Keep the feet clean.
You will want to wrap that one chick's feet to help keep the ointment on and keep the feet cleaner. See the video, it shows how to wrap feet (I would wrap BOTH feet since the tissue on the other foot looks like is breaking down too)

If you have secured/predator proof housing and can provide supplemental heat outside, then yes...at those temperatures I would get them outside where they have more room.

I use a heating pad system to brood chicks outside (in a secure pen), I've had chicks outside when temps are in the 20s and they were fine. They do need heat (especially at night), protection from the wind/elements and predators. Bedding needs to be kept dry, raise your water station to about chest high on the chicks so it stays cleaners and doesn't get soiled so quickly. Check the bedding under and around the water station every day, if it's damp, then remove it and replace. You don't want bedding to get moldy or wet. Same with food.
 
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