Sore foot, limping

oakhavenmama

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope y'all had a great day. Crazy, busy day to have a hen with a new health issue.

Last night I noticed Big Red, my Rhode Island Red, limping again. We just got over bumblefoot in 4 of my 5 hens, which took several months. Anyway, I looked at her foot and there is a red spot on one of her toes. See photo attached. It clearly hurts her, she holds her toes curled so I can't bandage them. I put neosporin on it and wrapped it, because it looks like the "skin" or scales are broken and red underneath.

This evening when I was changing bandages, it looks like the toe is somewhat bruised. Maybe I accidentally stepped on her? I sure didn't realize it if so. I can't figure out what else could have happened to her.

Another issue Red has is very thin eggshells. She's probably between 2 1/2 and 4 and in the last month, I've started seeing wrinkly eggshells, and they alternate from being paper thin to thin. Any thoughts on this?

This morningI sent my son to the drug store for baby aspirin and he brought low strength aspirin and infant ibuprofen drops. Said he couldn't find baby aspirin. Are either of the ones that he got OK to give her?

Should I keep her in a crate so she can't walk around so much? Tomorrow I am going to soak her in Epsom Salt bath and see if that helps. Maybe crate her if y'all think that's OK. And go find some baby aspirin! I read somewhere that 1/2 is a dose for hens. Is that right?

Thank you!
 

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope y'all had a great day. Crazy, busy day to have a hen with a new health issue.

Last night I noticed Big Red, my Rhode Island Red, limping again. We just got over bumblefoot in 4 of my 5 hens, which took several months. Anyway, I looked at her foot and there is a red spot on one of her toes. See photo attached. It clearly hurts her, she holds her toes curled so I can't bandage them. I put neosporin on it and wrapped it, because it looks like the "skin" or scales are broken and red underneath.

This evening when I was changing bandages, it looks like the toe is somewhat bruised. Maybe I accidentally stepped on her? I sure didn't realize it if so. I can't figure out what else could have happened to her.

Another issue Red has is very thin eggshells. She's probably between 2 1/2 and 4 and in the last month, I've started seeing wrinkly eggshells, and they alternate from being paper thin to thin. Any thoughts on this?

This morningI sent my son to the drug store for baby aspirin and he brought low strength aspirin and infant ibuprofen drops. Said he couldn't find baby aspirin. Are either of the ones that he got OK to give her?

Should I keep her in a crate so she can't walk around so much? Tomorrow I am going to soak her in Epsom Salt bath and see if that helps. Maybe crate her if y'all think that's OK. And go find some baby aspirin! I read somewhere that 1/2 is a dose for hens. Is that right?

Thank you!

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