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Maybe a broken toe......

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by nana-of-5, Sep 14, 2012.

  1. nana-of-5

    nana-of-5 Out Of The Brooder

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    A few days ago I noticed one of my hens favoring her right leg. She and a few others do free range sometimes and thought she may have gotten a burr on her foot. She wouldn't let me near her so I kept her quarantined for a few days to observe. Well she began to walk around on it so thought nothing was wrong.....well today I noticed that she was favoring it a little and got a good look....Her toe was bent upward!!! OUCH! what can I do?
    She now seems to be scratching and walking better ....will she be okay if nothing is done? She doesn't seem in any pain and I never saw bleeding or any discoloration. She hasn't laid any eggs in a few days. Just any thoughts on what needs to be done....if anything. Thanks
     
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Can you splint it with a bit of Vet Wrap? If Vet Wrap won't stick then I would recommend a splint of duct tape. She doesn't need all her toes, but they make life easier if they are all in working order, and an unstable fracture is very painful. A splint would help it to heal straight and prevent the toe from getting damaged in the meantime.
     
  3. nana-of-5

    nana-of-5 Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks for the reply. Does most feed stores carry the vet wrap? I am going into town later and will check. She is walking around alot better this am. and mingling with the other chickens now...so
    hopefully that means she is in not much pain. :)
     
  4. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Feed stores will likely have it. Drug stores carry it, too, under the name Coban.

    Good luck.
     

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