Help! chick's foot broken skin! Severely swollen!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by rockin_chick32, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. rockin_chick32

    rockin_chick32 Out Of The Brooder

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    My new baby silkie was doing fine a few days ago, but suddenly stopped walking. She would just lay there with her feet stuck out behind her.

    Well today my mother looked at it and it was swollen to about twice the normal size, with a crack all the way down which had white (maybe tussue???) coming out of it, and a big blood-blister.

    Any suggestions to causes and solutions? I have some bad pictures here, but my camera died while I was taking them (just my luck, lol!) so they aren't the best. I will updated with better pictures ASAP! In the meantime, if anyone has ideas please feel free to post!

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  2. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

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    If this is a "new baby" chick what type of brooder was it in? Does the brooder have a wire bottom? It could have gotten its foot caught in the wire. If you are using a plastic bin for a brooder and there's nothing it could have gotten its foot caught on, then my next guess would be another chick pecked it. It does have those nice fuzzy feet that another chick might have thought looked appetizing. Apply Neosporin to help it heal.
     
  3. birdbrain2

    birdbrain2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    have no advice but i have a small chick with the same problem, except mine is fresh and pretty minor, i think it just happened. i am just subscribing to this thread


    Quote:should we apply a band aid or something, what if chicks ingest it? or just put it on lightly.
     
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  4. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

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    You only need to apply Neosporin lightly in the wound. Even if the chick eats it, it won't hurt it. Be sure and use the kind WITHOUT the pain reliever - use regular Neosporin.
     
  5. Momma_Cluck

    Momma_Cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all! I am "The Mom"...LOL!

    Took another photo today-- poor little thing hobbling around---
    nope, no wire or sharp edges/objects....
    the brooder is just a cardboard box lined with newsprint covered in paper towels we replace daily....

    almost seems she either broke it and it swelled so much it split the skin, or it got a cut and REALLY swelled..
    It has a "bubbled" appearance and is white-- but when I tried lancing it, there was no pus.

    Been treating with Neosporin ointment and cool water to take down the swelling---

    have No Clue how she did this!

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