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Chickens feet have frostbit and died!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by CalebtheChicken, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. CalebtheChicken

    CalebtheChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2010
    Jeremiah, Ky.
    My White cochin hen's feet have basically died. She can't move her toes or roost. I originally thought she was just sick and put her with my old roo. She was doing great and today I moved the two into my extra coop, but when I was showing them the roosts I noticed her feet were... black. [​IMG]
    I checked her legs and the black tissue stopped at her ankles.
    She eats, drinks, walks around and in every respect is a healthy and happy hen.
    But... will she stay that way? Is there a risk of infection? I've never had an animal's feet freeze. Ears, combs, noses, even toes sure. But an entire foot? I don't know.
    What should I do? [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2011
  2. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    There is a post on here about a chicken that had feet that died from frostbite. The guy kept the stubs covered with bandages (for padding) and held on by vet wrap. That way the roo could walk around on his stubs without pain. Your hen won't be able to roost or hop on things, but assuming her dead areas fall off without issue, it possible for her to live a near normal life. You may want to keep her inside until she heals and fix up anything in the coop/run that she may have problems with (nesting box on the ground for her, gradual ramp that isn't too steep for her to walk up, etc). Also, you may want to investigate what caused her to get frostbite on her feet (wet inside coop, etc) to prevent others from having the issue. As for infection...yes it is a risk. Keep her inside if possible to monitor it and get some antibiotics to keep on hand should it become an issue (may need to look up with at works best...pen-G maybe?).

    If money allows, a vet can amputate the damaged portions before more area dies. That may salvage some tissue.
     
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2011
  3. CalebtheChicken

    CalebtheChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2010
    Jeremiah, Ky.
    Quote:I have her in a warm place so she won't get worse, and she has a friend (My old roo), there are no vets in my area that work on birds so that's out.
    So basically... I just wait until the dead tissue falls off then I patch up the stump?
     
  4. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    Quote:I have her in a warm place so she won't get worse, and she has a friend (My old roo), there are no vets in my area that work on birds so that's out.
    So basically... I just wait until the dead tissue falls off then I patch up the stump?

    Pretty much... Keep an eye our for any signs of infection and get some Pen-G (Penicillin) or something something similar. [​IMG]

    Here are a few threads about the same issue:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=438980

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=283665&p=2 (similar...helpful info!)

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=436093

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=429365

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=428300
     
  5. CalebtheChicken

    CalebtheChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2010
    Jeremiah, Ky.
    Quote:I have her in a warm place so she won't get worse, and she has a friend (My old roo), there are no vets in my area that work on birds so that's out.
    So basically... I just wait until the dead tissue falls off then I patch up the stump?

    Pretty much... Keep an eye our for any signs of infection and get some Pen-G (Penicillin) or something something similar. [​IMG]

    Here are a few threads about the same issue:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=438980

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=283665&p=2 (similar...helpful info!)

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=436093

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=429365

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=428300

    Thanks you [​IMG]
     
  6. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    You're very welcome!! Hope all goes well! [​IMG]
     
  7. CalebtheChicken

    CalebtheChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2010
    Jeremiah, Ky.
    Quote:me to.
     

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