Chicken with toe injury

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  1. louiseschwieker

    louiseschwieker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just recently bought 2 orpington pullets and one of them has swollen back toes with hard brown scab-like things on the end of her toes. Shes walking fine and i applied bluekote to her toes. Does anyone have any idea of what couldve happened to her? Im willing to do what i can to treat her. Thank you for any advice. I can post pictures in the morning.
     
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  2. sumi

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  3. louiseschwieker

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    Is it possible to get bumblefoot in their toes?
     
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  5. sumi

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    Yes, they can.
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    It looks infected, but I can't think what the cause would be. It's sort of unusual. Soak the feet in Betadine solution until the scabs loosen up-BluKote won't get deep into the tissue, it's more of a surface antiseptic. I still am not sure what next to do, never really had this happen exactly the way it has on your hen. I once had a hen who had what you'd call normal bumblefoot, a spot on the pad, we did the minor surgery, had her bandaged and the entire foot went necrotic. We could not figure out why since the bumblefoot was not even bad, but then found out she was fighting an internal infection as well, egg yolk peritonitis, so her body was unable to fight the infection in her foot.

    Make sure your bedding is very dry, not full of ammonia. Where she came from may have not been so clean. Sometimes, they can get "poop rocks" on their toes if the pen is encrusted with it or there is a very wet period, which could lead to infection if it is not cleaned off, but other than that, I'm at a loss.
     
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  7. louiseschwieker

    louiseschwieker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank u very much. I'll try soaking her feet
     
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    If you do and you remove scabs and uncover sensitive skin, slather plain old antibiotic ointment on her toes and put her separately with a soft towel so stuff doesn't stick to the ointment on her feet. I hope she gets better.
     
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  9. louiseschwieker

    louiseschwieker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I soak them for long enough will the scab just fall off or will I have to pull/ pick them off?
     
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I don't know because I can't get my hands on her to really assess what you're dealing with. But assuming it's scabbed over infected toes, the Betadine will help and you'll have to play it by ear.
     

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