What do i do if my chicken's toenail comes off?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chixrus, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. chixrus

    chixrus Songster

    Oct 24, 2008
    Help! My chicken's toenail, like, practically came off! I don't really know what to do with her, i have her isolated for now, 'cause i've read that other chickens can peck at her if they see the blood. Any other advice to help her and to keep it from happening again?

  2. katrinag

    katrinag Songster

    Sometimes they get there nails caught in something. I would wash it and keep it clean. You can but a little bandage on it to keep the chicken from pecking it too.
  3. Aunt Mildred

    Aunt Mildred In the Brooder

    Feb 13, 2009
    I have a similar question...
    One of the aunts was born with a toenail that curved sideways. We didn't think anything of it, and it didn't seem to bother her at all. For the first few months, she seemed to be really uncoordinated, but we thought that might have been because of poor eyesight through her big afro puff head. She also seemed really content to stay in pretty much one spot for long periods of time, and didn't seemed interested to run around with the other aunts. Well, recently her toenail, the curved one, fell off. I don't know how, I just noticed it missing one day. No blood. The craziest thing, and it might be coincidence, but since that happened, her coordination has been much better, and she hangs out with the other aunts more. Could the curved nail have been throwing her off balance? Now, it's starting to grow back, curved, and I'm curious - can we keep it trimmed off?
  4. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    Yup...you can trim them and it just might have been throwing her off...I have had several loose nails...happens when they spend time on wire!

  5. Pullet Pimp

    Pullet Pimp Songster

    Jul 1, 2008
    I've had one get snagged on my shirt when I was holding her and ripped the entire nail off. It bled a lot. I didn't have any blood stop powder at the time so I used corn starch and just pressed it into the open wound until the bleeding stopped. I bandaged the toe and kept her inside overnight and removed the bandage the next day. I left it in the open air for one more day and put her back in the coop. I healed very quick and never bothered her.

    Good luck.

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