Hen bleeding from bottom of both feet

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by littlels, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. littlels

    littlels Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 27, 2011
    1) What type of bird , age and weight (does the chicken seem or feel lighter or thinner than the others.) Black Copper Marans hen about 18 months
    2) What is the behavior, exactly. New bird to us as of last night so I don't know its personality
    3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms? this morning
    4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms? no
    5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma. She is bleeding from the bottom of both feet
    6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation. Only thing we can think of is that they were housed inside on sand and had dowels for a roost. Our coop has an inside/outside with dirt and straw. The roosts are also a little wider than what they had and we have one tree branch as a roost. She was on the tree branch all night. We did not find any sharp or jagged edges on the branch. We found an egg this morning with blood on it and the straw around it so we went hunting and found the hen with the bleeding feet.
    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all. Don't know as we found her this morning.
    8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc. Don't know.
    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far? Separated her from the rest of the flock
    10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet? Would like to know how to help her heal and if it was her environment being different, do we need to replicate the other environment or will the flock adjust.
    11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
    12) Describe the housing/bedding in use Described above.
  2. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    Have you been able to stop the bleeding yet? Corn starch may work. Spider webs are also good for this if you don't have styptic powder.
  3. littlels

    littlels Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 27, 2011
    We used the cornstarch as it looks as though it is clotting pretty well.

    Is she going to keep opening the wound back up? How long do we keep her separate from the rest?
  4. top of the hill

    top of the hill Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 20, 2011
    are her feet swollen? Could it be bumble foot or are there actual cuts on the bottoms of her feet?
    I would do a search for bumble foot on the site, lots of information, including how to treat.

    I would soak the feet in warm water then put some antiseptic on there like neosporin (non medicated). Using guaze or self sticking wraps, wrap the feet and keep her somewhere warm and quiet until the wound heals. Chickens will peck away at anything bloody - including her fellow coop mates!
  5. littlels

    littlels Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 27, 2011
    So, I soaked and cleaned to try see better where she is cut (I don't know the terminology real well) but it is all where that middle padded area meets with the toes. It also looks like some of her feathers were plucked/ripped off of her legs as the pores up her leg have a little bit of blood oozing from them. I put on the neosporin and bandaged them. She is currently resting in a dark area. I will go check on her in a bit and see how she's doing and if she is still bleeding.

    Thanks for the help so far. We are such newbies at this and then we get our first injury! I feel like new parents again...

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