Infected wing and foot

hikingdad

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Jan 17, 2014
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Last week we had very low temps around -20 and I found one of my chickens stuck in a nest box. She somehow managed to get her right foot stuck. It seemed to be frozen solid so I brought her inside. I noticed her wing must have gotten some frostbite as well. It looks like it is infected. The tip of her wing looks black and smells bad. It's hard to see in the pic but the wing is crusty with infection I would assume. Should I give her antibiotics?



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I don't really see any blackened or dead looking tissue that is usually associated with frostbite on the foot ( it would look something like this:https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/844688/frostbite-on-foot

Looks more like bumblefoot to me. Here are photos and instructions on treatment.
http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2011/07/bumblefoot-causes-treatment-warning.html

As for the wing try to wash/clean it in a saline or diluted betadine solution. You need to see what's under there, whether it is dead tissue or an infected cut, etc. Since she was stuck in the nest box, she may have been flapping around in there and cut it or tore the skin. Since it smells it would be infected.
Once you clean it up good, use an ointment like neopsorin (no "caine") or something like vetericyn spray.
Keep her isolated in a warm, quiet place and provide her with food and water. You could add vitamins or electrolytes to her water (Can find them at TSC).
Does she have a problem eating/drinking? Or any other symptoms, let us know.

Here are a couple of links for more info on treatment and medications.
https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/517234/medical-treatments-recommended-by-bycers
https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...can-be-used-in-poultry-no-prescription-needed

Please keep us updated, if you can post better pics of the wound on the wing that would be great.
 

hikingdad

In the Brooder
6 Years
Jan 17, 2014
24
1
26
Wisconsin
Here is a better pic of her wing. I soaked it in a saline solution and applied an antibiotic ointment. She eats and drinks just fine. I don't think she has bumblefoot because when I found her it was completely stuck in the crack of one of our nest boxes and felt frozen. I think it is superficial frostbite that hopefully keeps healing.
 

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