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frozen feet?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jackrooster, Jan 16, 2011.

  1. jackrooster

    jackrooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i was watering my chickens today and notice my silkie hen was walking funny? SO i picked her up and looked at her feet her toes on the end of her feet were folded up under her feet!! and her feet was cold and was as hard as a rock and she can bend any of her toes.....what should i do??
     
  2. Dar

    Dar Overrun With Chickens

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    bring her inside if you can DO NOT immerse her feet in water. Let them warm up on their own. once they are warn have a look again. if the tissue is white its frost bite.. if they turn black they cant be saved... her lil feet may be sore for a bit and some aspirin in her water will offer her some pain relief

    I cant remember the dosage off the top of my head hopefully someone will be able to help... (I usually dissolve 1 baby aspirin in 250ml of water for a standard chicken)
     
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2011
  3. jackrooster

    jackrooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:So don't use water at all to put her feet in just let them unthaw???
     
  4. Dar

    Dar Overrun With Chickens

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    no i would not the water may defrost them to fast and be really painfull and cause a lot of stress to the bird

    when you defrost someones hands who is suffering frost bite, if you defrost them to fast its really painful.

    if you do use water make sure its not to warm i personally would use your own body temp to avoid burns... just allow the chicken to perch on your hand or hold the chicken on your lap in a towel while the feet are warmed
     
  5. jackrooster

    jackrooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    could a hair dryer work??? not to close??
     
  6. Dar

    Dar Overrun With Chickens

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    I would not... hair dryers can burn really fast and its to hard to regulate the temp
     
  7. RhodeIslandRedFan

    RhodeIslandRedFan Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. Dar

    Dar Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:thanks your the best! I knew someone would come along lol
     

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