Lame rooster with a black toenail.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by KimbACO, Nov 11, 2016.

  1. KimbACO

    KimbACO New Egg

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    At first I thought it was bumblefoot but I can't find a black spot. Only a black toenail. The bottom of his foot is swollen, and has heat in it. He's been lame for over a week. He's eating good. Can mites cause this? Is there a way I can tell if his toe is broken? I'd so, if it is how would I fix it?
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] It appears as if you have recently removed his spurs. Did the problem start after this procedure ?
     
  3. KimbACO

    KimbACO New Egg

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    No. he started limping two weeks ago and I never could see any kind of injury. When he started having a hard time standing I separated him from the others. His spurs were so long that they would trip him! Didn't know I was suppose to remove them. I thought maybe the spur was causing the problem but I don't think so.
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Whether it happened inadvertently or not, the spur sheath on the leg shown has been removed. This may very well have caused the inflammation that is evident in his lower leg and foot. The broken toenail may also have added to the inflammation.
     
  5. KimbACO

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    We removed the spur tonight. But the swelling was already there. It started with a black toenail and a swollen toe two weeks ago. Now the swelling is worse and toenail still black.
    What can I do for him? I know he hurts. He uses his wings to keep his balance. I've been soaking it in Epsom salt and spraying an antibiotic spray on it.
     
  6. casportpony

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    Welcome to BYC! Can you take him to a vet?

    -Kathy
     
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  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Looks like the toenail broke and maybe the toe got infected?

    -Kathy
     
  8. KimbACO

    KimbACO New Egg

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    I haven't been able to find a vet that deals with avian. But I agree with you. It all started with one toe. Swollen and a black nail.
    I'm thinking about trying to pull the nail out and soaking in epsom salt. Then applying antibiotics to it.
    If I don't do something he will die. He's in a lot of pain.
     
  9. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    It's so swollen I fear that the joints and/or bone might be infected, and for that you will need antibiotics that can treat bone infections. FWIW, in the future you might not want to remove the spurs like you did, but just trim them back instead. I'm way too paranoid about bacteria, so that's one of the reasons I trim instead.

    -Kathy
     
  10. casportpony

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