Swollen pink flesh on D’Uccle’s feet


Feb 15, 2019
New Jersey
Hi all! We’ve been putting our chicks outside for the past few nights and so far everybody has made it. Last night, the weather channel said it was only supposed to go down to 29 so I wasn’t super worried, until I was horrified to find out the next morning that it had gone down to 22! I went outside this morning to check on them and thankfully everybody was still alive and thank God everybody was still ok. Unfortunately, I found 3 that were cold in a corner and wet, as they had been sitting in their water dish. 😬 I’d been locking them up in their coop at night (with ventilation as well as their feeders/waterers). Anyway..my sister is now blow-drying off the 3 wet ones.

They are all roughly 7 1/2 - 8 1/2 weeks old. 10 are Silkies and the last 5 are D’Uccles. While blow-drying them off we noticed the D’uccle had some pinkish skin and what looked like swollen feet. What is it? How can I help him? And is he in pain?
Thank you in advance!

I'm guessing it is a scald. It is caused by wet bedding, or in your case, water dish. It is basically a reverse burn. Treat it as you would a burn on human flesh, just make sure everything is chicken friendly.
The chicken could have mild frost bite or something since its feet were wet. Wash them with lukewarm water (not hot) and dry them. Just curious, you said they slept in their house, were they sleeping on the floor? A roost would help them keep off the floor and they can also keep their feet warm that way. Since they are young, I wouldn't be surprised if they were on the floor even with a roost, a lot of young chickens have to be taught to roost. My chickens were also out in their coop last night in the same temp w/no heat. They are outside as I type. Yours should be old enough that you don't need to worry about heat anymore.

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