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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by KahKaDoodleDo22, Jun 27, 2019.
Anyone know what this is on my hens foot?
Also, anyone know about water belly in chicks?!
Possibly a strange case of bumblefoot?
definitely bumblefoot. does she have a black scab on the underside of her foot? I'll tag @Eggcessive.
It does look like it's likely bumblefoot. The foot will need to be soaked, all infection will need to be cleaned out, and then kept bandaged and changed regularly until it heals up. This is the method I use most often:
When you are asking about water belly in chicks, what are your simptoms and how old are the chicks?
Ok thanks for the link on bumble foot. That really sucks. It doesn’t even seem to bother her but i will definitely get her on the mend.
On the water belly, I have had 2 hens with this before. I didn’t know what it was in the past, and it’s so, so sad to watch a hen go through it until they die but this hen is lethargic, she’s only 10 weeks, but slowly starting a waddle. Her belly is full, like a water balloon. she’s one of by double silver laced Barnevelders. Any suggestions on that?
Honestly I've never had one with water belly (ascites) that young. Mine have all been older hens with reproductive problems. Ascites is fluid build up in the abdomen from a liver that is overtaxed or failing. It can be ultimately caused by many things. If it were me I would have a necropsy done since she is so young to find out what the cause is and then know for sure if it's something you need to be concerned about, like a virus or bacteria. Since she is so young it could be liver failure or heart failure, which again, could be viral, genetic, etc. I would personally want to know just for peace of mind. So sorry.
My poor little pullet is dying. It’s so sad and there’s nothing I can do. She’s just laying there taking her last breaths. I can put chickens out of their misery but this one I want to let go naturally. I don’t know,
All other flock members (approx 17 others) are totally normal. Very strange and disappointing. I’m so bummed. Poor little chick.
I'm very sorry she's failing. Whether to let her go naturally or to help her go is a personal decision. I have had a few that I let go naturally. I didn't feel they were suffering at the time, but I will most often end it quickly for them if they are suffering. Only you can answer that for her. I will post some necropsy resources in the event you want to find out what was going on with her. You can also do an informal one yourself and post pictures for others here to look at and give opinions on based on their own knowledge and experience, if you are up to doing that. Again, so sorry.
I've also never heard of a 10 week old having ascites. I'd imagine she has some sort of genetic issue that's causing her liver to fail. Even if you fed her nothing but butter she shouldn't be able to have ascites already. So weird. I would spring for the necropsy personally. Not knowing is torturous.
So sorry your girl is dying. That's a horrible, distressing thing to watch.
My little baby passed at 6 days old and I'm still sad about it. Poor little thing. I let her go naturally, as I held her.
Do you mind if I ask where she came from? Double laced silver barnevelders are pretty rare. I'm wondering if a breeder is selling questionable stock...(I've been contemplating getting some, but the chicks are outrageously expensive and I don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on chicks that aren't gonna make it)
She was bred from birds who came from Greenfire Farms, https://greenfirefarms.com/
The breeder i got these gals from is a local breeder here in WA and his farm name is Grayrooster farms. It’s a small 1/2 acre place near the city (Kirkland, WA) It’s his hobby. I have some other rare birds from him and they all have done well. (Older ones too) I agree it must be something genetic. I just hate this, not fair the little thing had such a short life. I will know more when I get home today.
Thanks again for your help.