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Frostbite on chickens foot!please help

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kealoni, Dec 21, 2016.

  1. kealoni

    kealoni Out Of The Brooder

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    I think my bantam chicken as suffered from frostbite.we brought her in and she started walking again and doing fine.then the next day she started to get blister type things on top of both of her feet and swelling.is there anything I can do or does she have to be put down?
     
  2. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would try cutting it open to see if any pus comes out.Does it look like this?




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  3. kealoni

    kealoni Out Of The Brooder

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    I have done some research and it is second degree frostbite
     
  4. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes,Cold may cause the foot to swell up.
     
  5. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Can you post some photos?

    It sounds like she has developed blisters from the frostbite. If the blisters have popped, apply some Vetericyn or triple antibiotic ointment to help keep infection at bay. You can also soak her feet in lukewarm water with Chlorhexidine added to it. If you don't have that, you can try adding epsom salts or betadine to the water.

    Keep her on clean bedding, preferable something that won't get into the wounds, like puppy pads, paper towels, etc. Watch for signs of infection like odors, oozing, pus. Make sure she is eating/drinking well.

    Here's more info on frostbite, treatment and prevention:
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2013/12/frostbit-in-backyard-chickens-causes.html
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/frostbitten-feet-the-adventures-of-scout
     
  6. kealoni

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    I am not able to post photos.we have applied vetericyn and soaked her fort in epsom salt.what do I do if there is a infection
     
  7. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Are you seeing signs of infection?

    If the feet become infected then you may need to treat with antibiotics as well. If you have a vet that can prescribe meds that would be best.

    Severe frostbite with blistering will take several weeks to start to heal. Continue to apply Vetericyn and the soaking, this will most likely need to be done 2x a day or more. Try your best to keep feet clean, but don't scrub. Lightly wrapping the feet (as suggest in the links previously posted) may help to keep poop/debris from the wounds.
     
  8. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    Maybe this will help you....I went through this with a new broody hatched chick named Scout. I think the whole world knew about Scout! [​IMG] Lots of step-by-step photos and such about what we did for him...the key is the foot soaks...

    The tricky thing about frostbitten feet is that the feet can look like they are almost back to normal, but the deep damage doesn't show up at first. When it does, it's fast and dramatic! Here is the link to Scout's story! The part about the frostbite starts down the page a bit. Good luck!

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/frostbitten-feet-the-adventures-of-scout
     
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2016
  9. kealoni

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    As anybody else heard of putting honey on her feet?
     
  10. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Honey does have healing properties and has it's place in wound care. I personally would stay with the Vetericyn since you have been treating with that.
     

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