Chick's feet are dead. Do I have to kill her?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kstavert, Jan 10, 2014.

  1. kstavert

    kstavert Out Of The Brooder

    I'm heartbroken and don't know what to do....

    The toes on both feet are black... I saw
    an image somewhere that looked just
    like her feet.....

    Someone wrote that there's nothing to
    do and that the chick should just be
    euthanized....

    Her ankles are now very puffy... I'd
    think that she'd be in pain....

    she is constantly making noise and I'm
    hearing it as cries of pain... It feels horrible
    to keep her alive and horrible to think of
    killing her...

    she walks about and eats just fine...
    I will really appreciate some help/
    direction....

    thank you

    Karen
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    There are some cases on here recently about chickens with both feet frozen. She may lose both feet. It all depends on whether you want to try keeping her as a special needs chicken. I know of a few on here who have one with several missing toes who do okay. I'm sure she is hurting, so I would do what I felt was best. If she is a vigorous chicken normally who is high up in the pecking order, she may do okay, but will need to learn how to walk on her stumps. Here is one recent case to read about: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/842760/frost-bitten-feet
     
  3. RoostersCrow HensDeliver!

    RoostersCrow HensDeliver! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with eggceessive, do what you think is best. If you feel that euthanizing her would best, then do that.

    Don't feel bad or guilty if you decide to put her down, sometimes it is better to end their pain than try to doctor them, and that is okay.

    If you decide to treat her condition, than that is okay too. I have heard of one duck that learned to hobble around on stumps after loosing his feet to frostbite, so it is possible to heal them with dedicated care.
     
  4. kstavert

    kstavert Out Of The Brooder

    Unfortunately, she is the baby of the
    bunch of latest hatches... and small
    because her mother was a Bantum Buff

    there is not much that I feel guilty about
    anymore..... except when an animal
    gets hurt because of my ignorance...
    I can't close my eyes without seeing/
    hearing her

    Thank you so very much for your
    support and your guidance....

    I will be knitting sweaters, booties and
    scarves for all of my chicklettes for
    next winter ;)

    Karen
     

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