Chick missing foot

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sharebear29, Apr 3, 2012.

  1. sharebear29

    sharebear29 Out Of The Brooder

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    I came home from work today and one of my chicks is missing her foot. Not sure what got her - my horse attacked another chicken over the weekend so I don't know if he bit it off or what. Anyway....she seems to be getting around. Doesn't seem to be in pain (not sure how to really tell). I don't know what to do. My first thought was to "put her out of her misery"....but I'm not sure if she's in pain and really hate to do anything extreme if it's not neccesary.

    Has anyone had this happen? What should I do?

    Thank you.
     
  2. What breed of chicken is she? how old?

    If you keep it clean long enough for her to heal she can get around on a stump, but you will have to watch it as they can get sores
     
  3. sharebear29

    sharebear29 Out Of The Brooder

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    She's a young (1 1/2 months) silver laced wyandotte. Should I put gauze on it or keep her inside in a cage?

    Thank you.
     
  4. Wash it, put blue-kote (if you can) and wrap it in gauze

    thats all i can help
     
  5. Working Dog Doc

    Working Dog Doc Out Of The Brooder

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    As a vet, I hear this statement all the time. Chickens are a prey species. If they act like they are in pain (screaming or fluttering around), they would get killed pretty quick, so they hide pain. This does NOT mean they are not in pain. Think about this...if you lost a foot particularly from being bitten off, would you be in pain? I would cull her, sorry... [​IMG]
     

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