Chicken cannot walk. Puss filled foot.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Farmer413, May 2, 2018.

  1. Farmer413

    Farmer413 Chirping

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    A week or so ago I noticed that one of my birds, who is about 6 to 8 weeks old was walking funny. I tried moving the tendon back with my finger but that didnt work. It appeared to be a splayed leg. I used a rubber band and put the legs closely together... I checked on it every day. No real progress until I put the legs closer together. Today I noticed the other foot... cold, puss filled, and severely swollen, black nails... I feel so bad... I took the rubber bands off... I think the swelling may have caused the band to get too tight. She was ok yesterday. She still manages to eat and drink ok. What can I do? Is there anything? A vet really isn't an option at this point. Although it didnt look as though it was open I still sprayed it with Vetricin.


    Any thoughts?

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  2. azygous

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    There may still be time to save the foot. Soak the chick's feet three times a day in warm Epsom salt water. Spray with Vetericyn afterward.
     
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    Farmer413 Chirping

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    I tried this today. She actually walks on this leg. I have vet wrap. Should I use that on the area? Also, she has a splayed leg on the other side. Is there anyway to help correct that?

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  4. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging

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    If the splayed leg has been this way since her first week, there's probably no way to correct it now, but if it's recent, it may be worth a try.
     
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    Farmer413 Chirping

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    It's been about 2 weeks. I tried the rubberband trick and it didnt work. Is there any good photos showing how to splint a leg?

    Also, I've been looking around a bit and some people have bumblefoot and scaly leg mite pictures that look similar. How can you tell the difference between the two? She doesnt have any black scabs.
     
  6. azygous

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    Scaly leg mites will cause the scales on the legs to "bubble" or lift up. If you think this is a possibility, you can paint castor oil on the legs and feet.
    Here's a video on how to splint splay legs.
     
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    Farmer413 Chirping

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    I've watched that video for her. She's too big.. about 8 weeks old so she just pecks it off or it falls off...

    Her legs are not discolored. It's more of a pocket of puss on the bottom with swollen foot and toes and black nails.

    It looks better today than yesterday.
     
  8. azygous

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    You can use vet wrap instead of a bandaid. Keep soaking the feet in warm Epsom salt water. It should help prevent loss of the foot. If you can post a pic of the pus filled foot, I'd like to see it.
     
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    Can you post pictures?
     
  10. Farmer413

    Farmer413 Chirping

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    These pictures show the foot today. Top and bottom. I've been soaking it in Epsom salts and then spraying with Vetrycin. Seems to look a little better today. The top looks worse than the bottom. Also the splay leg which has been that way for a week and a half... Anything I can do?

    I let her visit with the other chickens daily because they will be moving into their coop in a couple days. I also have another bird with her because she was wounded, but now healed. The other bird has a small spot of purple or two on its feet. I can post those too if needed.

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