My Banty's feet

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Banty Chicken, May 19, 2007.

  1. Banty Chicken

    Banty Chicken Hatching

    May 17, 2007
    Saginaw, MI
    My Banty, Lucy has been ill all winter.
    She ate 1 tablespoon of catfood which was contaminated with melamine.
    She, of course, had to eat what the cat was eating and stupidly, I gave it to her. The cat died about 11 days later of kidney failure. Lucy went into her brooding box about 1/2 hour after eating it and stayed there for several months. I pulled her out three times a day and tried to interest her in water and some sunflower seeds and other proteins. Some days I just thought of putting her out of her misery. Her head hung over the side of the box and she just stared into space all day. Her comb shrunk to 1/5 it's orginal size and looked blueish-black and so did her wattle.

    In the past week, she has slowly revived. She is eating again. She went outside (it is Spring here in Michigan, now, finally) and is digging in the dirt. Her comb and wattel are turning redder. Her BM's look regular and firm.

    Now our problem is her toes and toenails. Her nails have grown very long and have twisted. I can imagine that walking is painful. Her perference is to sit on a pillow to relieve the pressure on her feet.

    Can her nails be cut?

    I have a photo of her feet but do not know how to upload it to this forum.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    ALSO. I READ SOMEPLACE THAT MELAMINE WAS ADDED TO CHICKEN FEED AND THAT CHICKENS HAVE BEEN RECALLED ON THE MARKET! I just hope hers doesn't have it in it. I am trying to feed her natural foodstufs: hamburger, fresh veggies (she likes green pepper) fresh corn, sunflower seeds, etc.

    She lives in the house with me, my Greyhound, Rat Terrier (Terror) and my Siamese. She was mostly potty trained before this happened, going to the door to be let out to potty about three times a day. But right now that is out of the question. She lives in a parrot cage with an open door. We love her very much.
  2. Cheeks

    Cheeks Songster

    May 10, 2007
    yeah, you can cut her nails.
    its similar to cutting a dogs nails- a little at a time.
    if you cut too far, you'll hit the quick and she will bleed.
    it's good to have some quick stop on hand if that does happen though.
  3. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    What an amazing story! It's so incredible that she even survived. I'm sure she would not have without such wonderful care. You are to be commended. And she certainly has heart and a strong will to live.

    Like Cheeks said, just use your dog toenail clippers and take off a little at a time and stop just before you get to the quick.
    Last edited: May 19, 2007
  4. Banty Chicken

    Banty Chicken Hatching

    May 17, 2007
    Saginaw, MI
    Thanks for helping me.

    I have new nail cutters and have cut her nails back as far as I dare
    right now. I will cut a little again next week. She is already walking
    better. She allowed me to do it without struggle, so she must have
    realized it was for her good.

    Has anyone heard anything about the recalled pet food with melamine
    from China affecting their pet chickens?

    I noticed there are a great many chickens ill or dying in the forums.

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