swollen chickens feet and has no nails

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Lindsay9, Mar 25, 2013.

  1. Lindsay9

    Lindsay9 New Egg

    Nov 6, 2012
    Rockport Indiana
    I recently noticed my hen has only one toe nail and both feet are swollen.she is acting fine. Eating drinking and not limping. Her feet just look bad the other chickens with her do not have this. I'm hoping someone knows what this is. Thank you I was gonna post a pic but don't know how .
  2. kellysmall87

    kellysmall87 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apparently it is quite common for them to lose a toenail or two, they can catch it on something and it breaks off or pulls out. It will grow back fine. The trouble seems to be infection. If it has been pulled out and got infected, then that could have swollen the foot up. Clean the foot and smell it, see if it stinks like infection and see if there's any broken skin/blood/puss. If so, Aloe vera on it will aid healing or you could obviously use something a bit more medical, or anti septic spray etc.

    I heard about something called bumble foot, but not sure if that would cause loss of nails.

    Also, have you checked for scaly leg mites? Maybe a possible cause?

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