Small hen with pulled nail, what do?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by cochunk, Dec 3, 2013.

  1. cochunk

    cochunk Chirping

    Nov 13, 2011
    Just found today that one of our Serama hens has what looks like a pulled nail, the nail is still attached, but it's twisted and the vein is a dark red, and she doesn't like it being touched, but other then that she's walking around and doing fine it seems. but I just wanted to know if there's something I should do.

  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    I had a Faverolles last spring like that and her nail eventually fell off, and has never grown back.
  3. aggiemae

    aggiemae Songster

    Mar 18, 2012
    Salem Oregon
    It will probably fall off. Is it painful or interfering with her normal activities? If so and she is somewhat tame and (more important) you are very brave you can clip it off using a sharp clipper designed for nails.( Even if you can't touch it do soak it clean in salty soapy water and let it dry off before you clip. Make sure you wear long sleeves ,eye protection and leather gloves. Turn her on her back, cradle her and wait until she is calm then get a good firm on her so she doesn't hurt herself trying to get away. Slap on some antibiotic ointment and keep and eye out for infection. If she is sever pain or if the injury involves the actual "toe" (and you can afford it) you can take her to a vet and have it clipped off.


    Have a styptic power on hand in case of heavy bleeding

    Practice clipping with some toothpicks or skewers first.

    Make sure you have everything ready before you begin

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