- Apr 27, 2013
Let me start off by saying that I have just started raising chickens and these are our first ones. Our chickens are only 2 months old and we live in such a rural area that our nearest vet is 3 hours away and they are closed on weekends. It started this morning when I went out to feed and water my chickens. My 5 year old son came outside to help me this morning. As I was cleaning and filling up their water dish my son was sitting on the ground feeding and playing with the chickens. After cleaning the coop out and refilling their food and water we put them all back inside the coop, except for Crystal. She was roaming around the garden box. After catching her and putting her back in the coop my son started to close the coop door. As he closed it Crystal came running back across the coop, but he didn't see her, and he closed the coop door on her toe. After she let out a loud cry he opened the door again and we found her to be limping. After picking her up to check her out I found that 1/4 of an inch between the knuckle and the tip of her toe had been broken to the point that it is hanging on buy a piece of skin and bleeding. I brought her inside right away. While calming my son I cleaned up her toe with a little bit of cool running water and applied pressure with a sterile gauze pad and got the bleeding to stop. I gave her a bit of ibuprofen on a piece of grape which she gladly took. After that I splinted her toe and taped it up like many of these forums suggested. I did try to put her back in the coop after but the other chickens attacked her so I brought her back inside right away. She is now inside one of my dogs cages. She managed to take the splint off and started the bleeding again. I re-cleaned her toe and placed her back in the cage without another splint, because she really seems to hate it and I don't want her to re-open her wound again. Her toe is now turned sideways so that her toe nail is pointing to her other toes. She is favoring her good foot (of course) but she is still walking on her bad foot and still using it to move around the hay to make a small nest. My main issue is that I was wondering if she will be ok and heal as she is now and be healthy. And when I should put her back in the coop with the other chickens. We all feel just so horrible that she got hurt and we are trying very hard to make sure that she is comfortable and well taken care of. I just don't know what more I can do for her and I worry so much that she won't be ok! Any feed back that you all could give me would be very much appreciated. Thank you all for your time in reading my massage! Have a great day or night depending on where you are!