Clumps of poo stuck to feet--removing it made them bleed!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by NewHawaiiChick, Jul 16, 2011.

  1. NewHawaiiChick

    NewHawaiiChick Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 16, 2011
    Hi all,
    My coop got really wet when we had heavy rains a couple of weeks ago. I just noticed that a few of the birds have big clumps of poo/dirt/straw stuck to the end of their toes. I held one and soaked the clumps with a wet washcloth and picked away at the clump. However, when the clump came off of one toes the end of the claw came with it and now it's bleeding pretty bad. The other toe just looked a little bloody, but now I don't know what to do! I feel so bad b/c I think I may have made it worse?? Do I need to remove the clumps? Stop the bleeding? Ughhhhh....
  2. mulewagon

    mulewagon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 13, 2010
    Maybe you could soak their toes longer, to soften the clumps up more? Then I would put some peroxide or Blue-Kote on to kill germs.
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    If you want the poo/clumps off, definitely soak (warm bath water temp) them in a tub or the sink, and work at the clumps (under water) with mild dishwashing liquid and your fingers, or possibly a very soft bristled tooth brush. But give up on the wash cloth and picking. For the ones with bleeding toes, if you soak their feet, maybe some epsom salts in the water, followed by some blue kote. Cornstarch can help stop the bleeding if needed.

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