Stepped on Chicken's Foot

whatsthequestion

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May 25, 2020
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My young chickens ran from behind me and through my legs and I inadvertently stepped on an 11-week old chick's foot. 😥 It was limping and didnt want to put weight on it. I checked it for signs of breakage. I could gently bend it's toes. Nothing immediately appeared out of place. Without an xray I can't be completely sure. It did not seem significantly swollen a few hours later although it was still not putting weight on it. I had to leave for work. Tonight my husband checked and it had made it's way up the walkway into the coop. I will examine it again in the morning.
A: If it's still limping but not swollen should I be concerned?
B: If it is swollen then confinement indoors with occasional ice pack and 25 mg of baby aspirin per pound for a few days? I'm guessing probably 1/4 twice a day.

I'm thinking of rubbing it down a few times a day with Penetrex. It contains Arnica, glucosamine, and boswellia serrata, none of which is harmful to chickens. It has done wonders for our own injuries. Thoughts?
 

Wyorp Rock

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It did not seem significantly swollen a few hours later although it was still not putting weight on it. I had to leave for work. Tonight my husband checked and it had made it's way up the walkway into the coop.
I think I would see how she is tomorrow. If it didn't swell up and she went into the coop with the others leave her alone.

Personally I would not apply any type of ointment unless the foot/leg is really swollen or the skin is broken.
Likely she doesn't need aspirin either.

If there's a change and you see swelling, etc. then try to get some photos.
 

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