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Limping feather foot chick

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chickenyoga, Jun 30, 2018.

  1. chickenyoga

    chickenyoga In the Brooder

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    Hello!

    One of our Mille Fleur d’Duccle bantam chicks has always had a bit of a deformed wing (the bottom half of the flight feathers on her left wing are rotated a bit)- earning her the name of Faceplant when we picked her up from a farm:) She is 10 weeks old and got around quite well until about a week ago. She started to hold it up and avoid putting much weight on her left foot. At first, it looked like a couple broken blood feathers that were no longer bleeding but definitely broken/sore. She also did not have a nail on one of her toes- which I don’t think she has ever had honestly (I know, I will always count nails now! Hard on the feather foot ones). She has not gotten better or worse but is obviously in pain as she hobbles around and lays down to rest. I started soaking in epsom salt and putting arnica cream on but not sure what else to do! It does not look like bumble foot or have any heat. I think it is near the center of the foot or proximal part of the toe as she will set the most distal parts of her toe and nail on the ground briefly. She does not want to grasp with that foot either. Would love to see if anyone has ideas! I love this chick a whole lot and hate seeing her hobble around more than she already has to- I fear she will have random soundness issues due to her wing deformity.

    Here are some videos:

     
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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Rolling Down The River Premium Member

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    Could be you just have to wait until it grows those foot feathers in fully. I'm sure it's an odd sensation, and uncomfortable.
     
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  3. chickenyoga

    chickenyoga In the Brooder

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    I am hoping this is the case! Nothing seems to be helping so perhaps it will just take time.
     
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