Pet sitting and need help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by meggo88, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. meggo88

    meggo88 New Egg

    Dec 29, 2012
    I'm pet sitting for a friend and one of her chickens is limping and has these large rock hard growths on some of her toes. I'm not sure of its dried dirt and feces from scratching the ground or if it is an actual growth. I know nothing about chickens. Can someone please take a look at this picture and give me an idea?
    Thank you!! [​IMG]
  2. morgan36

    morgan36 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2012
    Southern Ohio
    that is a mixture of poop and mud my quail get that on their feet I just get it wet and break it off
  3. meggo88

    meggo88 New Egg

    Dec 29, 2012
    Oh thank goodness! I was worried it was something terrible!
  4. citychickx6

    citychickx6 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2011
    Hard to tell what color it is in the picture.
    I went searching and found pictures of frostbite that blistered up bu not on the tips of the toes more toward where the toe joins.

    I am certainly no expert on frostbite. I have not had to deal with it personally.

    I sure hope someone with more experience chimes in.

    Hoping for the best for the chicken and you as well.
  5. Barrdwing

    Barrdwing Chillin' With My Peeps

    Those look like the "mud balls" our hens used to get on their claws when they spent a lot of time scratching in clay soil. Soak the feet in warm (NOT hot!) water for ten or fifteen minutes, then work at the balls gently with your fingers. It may take a while to loosen them up enough to get them off; go slowly and just keep soaking.
  6. arcy liger

    arcy liger Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2012
    only soak it in warm water and then peal it off....

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