I stepped on a chick's foot

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Ariel301, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. Ariel301

    Ariel301 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2009
    Kingman Arizona
    Last night when I was putting my free-range Cornish Cross chicks back into the barn, I accidentally stepped on one's foot. It seemed fine, so I put it away. This afternoon we noticed (I assume it is the same one, they all look alike...) that the foot is very swollen around the ankle and the bottom of the foot. It looks like toes sticking out of a marble, it's swollen that much. The chick doesn't seem able to flex the toes at all on its own, but the toes do not feel broken to me. The ankle area is purple and red like it is bruised, I wonder if it is broken. The chick can walk on it a little bit, but prefers to stand still with the foot held up. I isolated her to a cage with a buddy to keep her calm. She's not big enough yet to process, I slowed them way down and she's maybe half a pound even though she is four weeks old (I accidentally slowed them more than I planned, so now I'm increasing their food to get them growing faster again). Any suggestions on what to do? Should I bandage the foot to take the swelling down and help it stay immobile if it is broken? I can't feel through the swelling whether or not there is a fracture.
     
  2. Telamon

    Telamon Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2010
    I have no idea.
    Quote:you should probably get a small needle and get the chick, scrape the bulge with the needle to see if it gets better.
     
  3. Ariel301

    Ariel301 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2009
    Kingman Arizona
    How would scraping do any good? Seems like that would just irritate an already painful area. There's nothing to be scraped off, just a bruised, swollen joint. I could do a tiny little pressure wrap to help push out the swelling and keep any potential fracture stabilized, is there anything else that might be helpful? Would antibiotics be a good idea too?
     
  4. ninjascrub69

    ninjascrub69 Chillin' With My Peeps

    534
    2
    129
    Aug 13, 2010
    Bloomingdale, MI
    Quote:I dont think scraping would help either, the only thing i can think to do is wrap it up and wait... maybe someone has a better answer...
    Good luck!
     
  5. ninjascrub69

    ninjascrub69 Chillin' With My Peeps

    534
    2
    129
    Aug 13, 2010
    Bloomingdale, MI
    bump
     
  6. allieloveschickens

    allieloveschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    834
    0
    119
    May 20, 2010
    San Diego
    I would also suggest wrapping the injury, perhaps a cold compress to help the swelling go down- good luck!
     
  7. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by