Losing Toes!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by DJMCCMatthews, Aug 27, 2016.

  1. DJMCCMatthews

    DJMCCMatthews Just Hatched

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    One of our BB RED Bantams lost a toe when we first got her. All her toes are going wierd directions and we didn't think much of it but she recently lost another toe. I've noticed that her toes are turning a grayish color. What is going on and what can I do!?
     
  2. EthansChickens3

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    I you can take a picture I would see it sounds like frostbite but don't know like I said a picture would help.
     
  3. DJMCCMatthews

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    I'll try and get one. It's been so warm that frostbite seems wierd but I'll try and get a pic up later on when I get home.
     
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    Oh it's probably fowl pox.
     
  5. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Can you post some photos of the feet and the bird?
    What type of food/treats do you feed?
    How are you housing them - photos of coop/run may be helpful ,as well as what you are using for bedding, etc.
    How old is she?
     
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    They get fed regular chicken feed, it's actually a better quality than what they used to get fed, and they are given grit and oyster shell as well. We keep their coop clean and their water fresh. We noticed the first toe the day after we got them and this past week she lost the other. She eats well, and where she used to favor the opposite foot that wasn't hurt, she now favors the foot that is missing two toes. The other two are not quite full grown. They are still juvenile. This hen we were told was only laying for a couple months before we got her, but we don't know if that's the truth. The area they were living had no grass, lots of mud, and lots of rusted junk. I've checked for bumble foot but no signs of that. I feel helpless that I don't know what's going on with her, and we don't have a vet that specializes on chickens that doesn't charge ridiculous around here. It's been a hot summer and the weather is still rather warm, but they are in an open/breathable coop.
     
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    As for treats they get cherry tomatoes, cucumber, zucchini (all that I cool for about 30 mins in the fridge to give them something cool in the heat and not in excess. About every other day so they don't over do it).
     
  8. Wyorp Rock

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    Sounds like a good diet[​IMG] Don't see any wet bedding, etc.

    Since they came from somewhere else, I suspect it may be contact dermatitis or something similar that has caused the feet to rot/become necrotic.
    You can try to treat as bumblefoot, but vet care would be best.

    Soak the feet in epsom salts, betadine or Chlorhexidine. Gently scrub the feet and then dry well. Apply some plain neosporin or Vetericyn to the feet.
    Since she has more toes falling off and dying, then you may need to administer some antibiotics as well.


    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2011/07/bumblefoot-causes-treatment-warning.html
     
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  9. DJMCCMatthews

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    Thank you. She doesn't seem to love life less, someone said butcher her since she is suffering but she doesn't seem to be suffering. It just seems like an irritation to her and she is so sweet and calm. I'll try your recommendation and see where that gets us.
     
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  10. Wyorp Rock

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    She looks perky, so it's worth a try to help her.
    If she starts to decline, then some hard decisions may come.

    Keep us posted[​IMG]
     

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