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Red chick feet

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Roxanne9, Feb 25, 2017.

  1. Roxanne9

    Roxanne9 Out Of The Brooder

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    Not sure if this is an emergency or not? My Buff Orpington chick has very red toes/feet. She was found off the nest, cold, barely hanging on. Brought her in, syringe fed electrolytes and warmed her up. Seems perky and fine now, except the red feet. She will move around but doesn't seem to like it.[​IMG]
     
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    It looks like her feet may have frostbite. Try soaking them in a warm epsom salts bath. You can apply Vetericyn, triple antibiotic ointment or honey to the feet. Keep her on clean dry bedding - the paper towels(?) you have her on looks good.

    @Blooie has a very good article on a small chick with frostbite- she has photos and instructions on treatment:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/frostbitten-feet-the-adventures-of-scout

    Here's more info on frostbite:
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2013/12/frostbit-in-backyard-chickens-causes.html
     
  3. Roxanne9

    Roxanne9 Out Of The Brooder

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    She died. I doubt it was frostbite, it was only around 40-45 degrees and she was only off the nest for maybe an hour. Still too cold for a chick alone, but I didn't think it was cold enough for frostbite?
     
  4. Traveler17

    Traveler17 Just Hatched

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    Try to keep the coop hot enought to the chicks
     
  5. Roxanne9

    Roxanne9 Out Of The Brooder

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    They're all inside now. Warm and toasty. I just hate I've lost two. :(
     
  6. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I'm sorry for your loss.

    You mention that you have lost 2? How did they other one go?
     
  7. Roxanne9

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    We found them at the same time. The Wyandotte was already dead,the buff was barely moving. I'm assuming it was off the nest a bit longer.
     

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