Chicken foot severe frostbite black feet/toes

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by mnchickens2001, Jan 17, 2015.

  1. mnchickens2001

    mnchickens2001 New Egg

    Jan 17, 2015
    About a week ago I found 5 3-4 month old pullets of mine not moving and with frozen solid feet in their warm insulated coop. I soaked in warm water and put them inside in a kennel with fresh shavings and sprayed vetericyn on their feet and did so every day along with replace shavings. I checked on them today and found a couple had some black toes and one had both feet black. I'm afraid the chicken will lose both its feet is there anything I can do to keep that from happening?? I soaked its feet in warm water also to get grime off its feet as it has a habit of accumulating quickly with five pullets in a medium large dog kennel and after they soaked I gently wiped the grime off with a soft towel and sprayed vetericyn on feet. Pic below after soaking before I wiped feet please help
  2. Twistedfeather

    Twistedfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2014
  3. mnchickens2001

    mnchickens2001 New Egg

    Jan 17, 2015
  4. hennible

    hennible Overrun With Chickens
    I'm not sure if this touches as much on treating the frostbite after its so severe but it might help you.
    And article about treating it in a chick not quite so bad as your birds though.
    I knew a rooster named Lancelot he had severe frostbite on his feet and he lost the first segment on (I think) all of his toes if not more and all the webbing between, he did recover and could still walk and he did get to lead a good life.
    Only time will tell how much of your birds toes are going to be lost, your going to just have to keep soaking them and keep an eye out for infection once the pieces that are going to die, die.
    Now if this happened in a warm insulated coop your problem is probably humidity, you're going to have to improve your ventilation...
  5. hennible

    hennible Overrun With Chickens

  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I agree with Hennible - must have been high humidity - what a shame. Your coop needs more ventilation. Is water kept inside the coop? Maybe they spill it to add to the problem.
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] We're glad you joined us!

    I'm sorry about your frostbite problems. [​IMG]Unfortunately, I've never treated frostbite as bad as your hens have it, and can't offer much help. Good luck with them, though!
  8. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    I'm sorry to hear about your chickens! I'm afraid I can't be of much help, as I've only dealt with mild frostbite on the comb before. If you haven't already, I suggest posting in the Emergencies section: Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures
  9. Book Em Danno25

    Book Em Danno25 Overrun With Chickens

  10. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!

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