Chicken Foot Caught In Rat Trap - Broken Foot? Healing Well - Pic

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Nifty-Chicken, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator

    A few weeks ago our 3 month old Easter Egger chick got her leg caught in a snap rat trap. We didn't see any visible breaks, but she was absolutely not able to move it. We used popsicle sticks on either side of the leg and used the white medical tape to secure them in place. After a couple weeks we removed them and she was still unable to really do much with it. A week later she was hopping off of it and today she's walking on it with a limp.

    It looks a bit off (bigger / swollen?) compared to the other foot and there is still a sore from where the trap closed on her. For the most part she's healed well and we're so glad she's able to walk on it.

    Please take a look at the picture and let us know what you think. Anything else we should do for her?

  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Poor girl! I'm not sure there is much else to do for her. She'll gradually get less sore, but she could always walk with a limp. I had a guinea get caught a toe caught in the fence and just hang there once-he walked with a limp for awhile then suddenly he was okay again.
  3. In my experience, there isn't much else you can do for it.

    But, congrats on caring so well for that chicken to get her to this point. It looks like you have done an admirable job!
  4. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator

    I'm bummed we didn't take pics as we bandaged her up, but we were in such a panic / hurry.

    At Terrie's advice we'll probably put some neosporin on it and bandage it.
  5. hoosier

    hoosier Songster

    Well done and thanks for posting this. If I ever face a similar situation, I will know that there is hope.
  6. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    I agree to keep neosporin on it and tape it...she will probably pick at the tape bandage but just keep putting it back on...Looks like you have done everything you can.....just might take time....
  7. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator

    An update: Her leg is pretty much as good as new! She was walking with a slight limp for a little while, but gradually it went away. Her leg is just a tiny bit swollen where the injury occurred, but other than that she seems to be in great shape!

    Thanks to everyone who had ideas posted in old threads and to those that helped out in this thread (oh, and all those people who helped me get my Eagle Scout which finally paid off with my splint skills) [​IMG]
  8. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

    Sep 25, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    Glad she's better [​IMG]

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