In the Brooder
- Jun 18, 2013
I posted on an old thread from almost a month ago, but thought the title didn't fit what I am dealing with now, so thought I would try again. This injury started back in mid August with a slight limp. Suspected bumblefoot other than it was not really swollen and there wasn't a scab. Her scales were slightly raised, but I do not believe little Gizmo (bantam cochin frizzle) had scaly leg. Here is the previous post with pictures https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/817377/limping-bantam-frizzle-bumblefoot-scaly-mites-pictures We went through the process of treating it just in case, but none of our other 12 chickens show any sign and she has not healed. We prepared for bumblefoot surgery, but she does not appear to have bumblefoot. She was getting worse, dragging her leg behind her now until it was bleeding. Can no longer have any weight on her leg and it is always curled behind her, causing her to be off balance and falling over. We brought her inside in a dog crate for 4 days to rest and kept her leg wrapped, but when we re-introduced her to the flock today a few of the other chickens tried to attack her. She cannot put weight on that foot and it will not curl around my hand. It is like it is paralyzed. On the foot she is walking on, the scales turned dark and they are peeling off...sort of like a snake losing its skin, or like scabs coming off. Never dealt with this before. She went under the coop to avoid the other chickens and I kept checking on her, but I just went out and couldn't find her. My dog loves her, so I sent her out to look and she found little Gizmo hiding under a crate. I think the other chickens chased her under there. She is not doing well. I brought her back to the dog crate, but her spirit has been broken I am afraid. She is exhausted and not standing. Any suggestions? I am worried she might not make it through the night now after what she went through today.