Chick with broken toe nail

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by heaven1, Jul 16, 2010.

  1. heaven1

    heaven1 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 7, 2009
    I have a 4week old Jersey Giant who has broken a toenail down to the skin. I put Quick Stop on and it has stopped bleeding. The nail is hanging by a tiny bit of tissue, not sure if should cut off the nail. I will not take her to a vet.
    Any experienced folks with some suggestions?
  2. superchemicalgirl

    superchemicalgirl HEN PECKED

    Jan 10, 2010
    Vacationland, Maine
    Clean the area with peroxide and put some triple antibiotic ointment on it. Pulling off the nail will only make it bleed more, just wait for it to fall off.

    I'm no expert but that's what I did.
  3. Winsor Woods

    Winsor Woods Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2009
    Cascade Range in WA
    If the nail is just hanging on by a thread, I'd pull it off. This way you can use your quick-stop right then to stem any bleeding. If you let it alone and the chicken pulls it off or another chicken pics at it, then it will still bleed but you won't necessarily be available right then to treat it. Fresh blood is also very exciting to pick at for the other flock members. Don't know why, exactly, but it is. I'd opt for known course of action rather than leaving something like that to chance. Then clean the wound as superchemicalgirl described. If you have vet wrap, you might consider putting the TAB (triple anti-biotic) on a small piece of gauze and securing it to the toe with vet wrap. Chickens walk through lots of bird poop and this will help to keep that stuff out of the wound area. My ranch store sells vet wrap in several colors and one of them closely resembles the color of chicken feet to it blends in and I think you'll have less pecking interest from the rest of the flock.

  4. heaven1

    heaven1 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 7, 2009
    Thanks for the suggestions of how to care for our little. Th nail actually came off and it was not as close to the skin as it appeared. Now I will put TAB on and try a wrap.
    Thanks again:)

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