My chicken has curled black feet and I have no idea what it is!!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Taracottrill, Dec 18, 2013.

  1. Taracottrill

    Taracottrill New Egg

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    My chicken is about 2 months old and one day I check on them all and one of them wouldn't walk on her one foot. I'm new to chicken owning and I had no idea what was wrong. I checked for broken limbs and there was none, so I brought her to my school agriculture class and they still didn't know why she was limping. By this point ( 4 days later) her feet were curling and looked all bruised/ swollen. I did some research and it was not bumble foot or frost bite. She would eat and drink and poop just fine but she tries to walk and has to flap her wings to stay balanced. It's about a week later and her feet are totally black , and bruised on the bottom. One foot is tucked into a fist and the other are curled and some blood was coming out through the nail. I researched curly toe paralysis some but it didn't have the symptoms of the feet turning black. Dead tissue maybe? Looking for some ideas as to what it may be. Im going to put her down she's in a ton of pain and shouldn't have to suffer. I'd still love some in[​IMG]
    put though!!
     
  2. PolkaDot77

    PolkaDot77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome! Was your chick vaccinated for Marek's? That would explain the toe curling and balance problems. So sorry to see she isn't doing well.
     
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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    I hate it when bad things happen to nice chickens (or people). I'm sorry. Frostbite would have been my guess.
     
  4. Taracottrill

    Taracottrill New Egg

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    Not sure, they were vaccinated for something before they were sent.. I m guessing its curling toe paralysis.
     
  5. Taracottrill

    Taracottrill New Egg

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    I thought that at first because it's been getting below freezing lately, but there's always a heating lamp and none of them are brave enough to walk outside
     
  6. PolkaDot77

    PolkaDot77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Curled toe paralysis, range paralysis, etc. are all essentially Marek's disease. Here is a link on nervous system disorders in poultry. I might give you some good information. Sorry that you are having to deal with this. One of my chicks got Marek's as well and it was difficult to watch her suffer and ultimately not be able to walk and end up dying.

    http://www.nda.agric.za/docs/nervous/
     
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  7. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Well your chicken is defiantly not getting the blood flow to the toes
    and what ever the problem I do not see a recovery as the toes
    will start to smell a little stinky in time ..........

    Oh [​IMG] glad you joined us ...........


    gander007
     
  8. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    So sorry about your baby. [​IMG]
     

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