Chicken with swollen, broken toe, please help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kassiroll, Mar 8, 2013.

  1. kassiroll

    kassiroll New Egg

    Mar 8, 2013
    I'm new to backyard chickens, but need some help. I have a chicken that is about 2.5 years old and was attacked by a fox (I think) a couple months ago. It had a broken toe (bent backwards), but after a week was keeping up with the rest of the chickens and running around like normal only with a bent toe. After months of her being okay, I noticed her limping today. I looked at her broken toe and it is swollen. I can't find anything online to tell me what is wrong, and I'm worried she is in pain. It is slightly pinkish/purplish and only swollen at the joint where it is bent. Any ideas or suggestions? I really appreciate it! I will post a picture as soon as I can figure out how :/
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    A picture will help in figuring out what is going on. It is possible that there may be an infection in the joint or it may just be aggravated from pressure being put on it in an unnatural manner. Are you sure that the end of the toe is still 'alive'? There is an outside possibility that an amputation of the toe at the joint may help with the problem. Again, a picture might help.

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