Chick with a broken toe, help don't know what to do!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Hnownr, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. Hnownr

    Hnownr Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 12, 2011
    1) What type of bird , age and weight.
    Barred rock, 3-4 weeks old
    2) What is the behavior, exactly.
    Standing on one foot
    3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms?
    One hour
    4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms?
    5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.
    No bleeding, no scrapes, foot swelling up a little, outside right tow can be moved in any direction with no resistance unlike other. foot/toes
    6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.
    Ran up to the coop door right when I shut it and got cought in the bottom of the door.
    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.
    Yep was eating right after the incident happened
    8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.
    No idea only been separated from the flock for about an hour
    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?
    None, at a loss for what to do, don't know if it's bad enough to do anything or it will heal on it's own.
    10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?
    Idk, I will take it to a vet if need be, but I think they are going to look at me funny if I bring in a 2$ chick and want to spend 200+ on something that will heal itself...
    11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
    Nothing to really see. You just know it's not right
    12) Describe the housing/bedding in use
    Pine shavings.

    Please let me know what I should do for this poor little guy I am just besides myself that I hurt this poor thing by accident. He will walk on it but limps, I don't know if it's a break or I just cought his toe right that he flipped and pulled it out of joint. Thank you in advance for any advice... [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2011
  2. secuono

    secuono Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
    Flip him upside down between your legs[white you are sitting] so his legs are up in the air and free to move and carefully move the bad toe and the good one. You should be able to tell by comparing them if it's a joint or broken bone. If it's the joint and pulled out, you would have to pop it back in carefully. If it's a break, splint it and keep him from others in a small pen. It might just be a bad muscle bruise, if so, just wait it out.
  3. Hnownr

    Hnownr Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 12, 2011
    Idk what it is, I am really scratching my head on this one... When I checked em at about 810p he seemed better... Still limping a bit, but seemed to be more willing to walk on it, I have him separated from the rest of the chickens, and will just have to watch him over the next day or two I guess... Thanks for the advice on how to hold him and check its very helpful!
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2011
  4. If the skin is broken open, you will need to treat that. We've got one with a toe injury that we're going to try back outside during the day again. The last time we tried a week ago (no blood going out, but it didn't take long for pretty much everyone to get covered in blood, but mostly the one that was hurt), it was not pretty. She seems to be completely weight bearing now.

    Good luck!
  5. Minniechickmama

    Minniechickmama Senora Pollo Loco

    Sep 4, 2009
    I would use a pipe cleaner or piece of cardboard and splint the toe for a little bit. If it did break, maybe it can hold it in place to set it back. Otherwise, I would wait and see if there is really a problem for the bird beyond it hurts to stand on. Like you said, it is a $2 bird. I wouldn't take it to a vet to waste my money when there are enough answers to something like this right here on BYC.
    Good luck.
  6. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
  7. Hnownr

    Hnownr Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 12, 2011
    Seems much better today. Walking on it beter and not holding it up when I watch her. Thankfully the skin didn't break or toe get severed, had a amazon parrot that broke a toe nail and wouldn't stop bleeding, I'm assuming chickens are the same. Her foot is still noticeably swollen compaired to the other one, I am hopping that it might just be a bad bruise or something not as severe as a broken toe. Thank you all for the help and links, it is much appreciated!

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