Chicken has red swollen feet

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by brahmabreeder, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. brahmabreeder

    brahmabreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My light brahma pullet had red swollen feet and they don't bend to well at the joint. They did feel cold to me. I was wondering if I just need to put more shavings in? She is in the pen with three others so I'm wondering if she has to sleep in the one box alone and is getting cold. Thoughts? I was going to soak her feet in a salt bath and up the shavings in the breeder coop she is in. I didn't notice scabs or anything and I think my other light cockerel is starting to get slightly swollen feet. I'll get pictures in a minute. Any help would be good. Thanks in advance. BTW she still walks and acts normal. Eats drinks and poos. Got the pics. Noticed she has wounds on her feet and she is VERY thin. The rooster I mentioned is getting thin.
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  2. cubakid

    cubakid Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That missing nail is a common thing in the birds I had. The nail was small and often curled upward.
     
  3. brahmabreeder

    brahmabreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Two more of them have gotten skinny and are weak. Their feet are swollen too. I just don't know what to do anymore.
     
  4. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    I had one sort of like that... It was Merek's.
     
  5. brahmabreeder

    brahmabreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    AGH! Great I guess I'll have to research that. I called the vet and emailed a breeder I know so hopefully they can help me.
     
  6. brahmabreeder

    brahmabreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Figured it out they have a staph infection in their feet. They are getting the cuts because when ever I would feed the ones in the other pens the others would jump up on the wire divider and I believe that cut their feet up. Then laying in crap all day got it infected with the staph. Now I scrubbed the feet of the ones affected and am going to give penicillin starting tomorrow. I'll call the vet and see if she thinks my theory is correct on why they are getting staph. I also dewormed because they are a bit then and increased their feed amount.
     
  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    I am no expert, but you should probably ask your vet if penicillin is effective against staph. I think you might need a bigger gun, like Baytril.

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    Baytril is banned for use in food animals, so proceed with caution.
     

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