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Help! Sick Chick!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kattyxoxo, Feb 22, 2016.

  1. kattyxoxo

    kattyxoxo New Egg

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    I posted before but no one has replied.
    I have a very young chick who is sick and has problems with its legs. I think it's the beginning of bumblefoot. I went and bought some supplies today (antibiotics, electrolytes, etc) and am medicating it with those. I also had to tie its legs to correct a splaying leg.

    How do I treat the bumblefoot? There is no black spot yet.
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    If it is a chick that has been on dry bedding, it won't have bumblefoot. It must have had a foot injury that has allowed a staph infection to enter.

    Your problem is most likely a leg issue and doesn't need antibiotics so don't administer them since you don't know what bacteria you may be treating.

    Describe the issue in greater detail.
     
  3. kattyxoxo

    kattyxoxo New Egg

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    It was on dry bedding in the store but they took in the back when it got sick. Now it's foot has scrapes on it. I'm not sure what type of bedding they had it on. The one foot has a swollen lump in between all of its toes and its a red color. I will add some photos.
     
  4. kattyxoxo

    kattyxoxo New Egg

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  5. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    That looks like it is infected. Is it very hot to the touch?
    Antibiotics don't usually help. And if administered, need to be injected in the site of the swollen pad.
    Soak the foot in a warm Epson salt bath a couple times a day.
    If you can find an CEH ointment that is the best way to treat. It is a combination of [Calendula, Echinacea and Hypericum], Wrap the foot in gauze and keep it clean.
    http://www.oocities.org/gymnogyps_gray/bumblefoot2.html

    There's a lot of bumblefoot info in the following links

    http://avianmedicine.net/content/uploads/2013/08/34_orthopedic.pdf

    https://www.beautyofbirds.com/bumblefoot.html
     
  6. newwestchick

    newwestchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    I had a chick who was picked up and shook by and adult hen, by its foot, and it looked like that. I would think the foot got stuck in something and it's badly sprained of broken.
    With my chick I just gave her time and within a week the bruising had diminished and she was walking normally again. I would suggest just making sure she has a quiet space away from other chicks and time to heal.
    Good luck!
     
  7. kattyxoxo

    kattyxoxo New Egg

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    I think it's going down!! The redness is also receding slightly.
    I have the chick on antibiotics for a sickness it got from other chicks who died. It seems a bit peppier today, so I am excited for that. I'm also putting electrolytes in its water and am having to tape it's splayed legs. The poor thing hates it.

    I'm going to read those articles, ChickenCanoe and readjust my treatments accordingly.

    Newwestchick, that may have been what happened as well.

    Thank you both for the wonderful advice and sources. Hopefully this little baby will keep healing.
     

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