What the haystack?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by 5hens&aroo, May 24, 2019.

  1. 5hens&aroo

    5hens&aroo Songster

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    Idk what has happened. I went to check on my chickens this morning like every morning and I picked up one of my hens and her toe is MISSING! It’s had to have been gone for a while now cause it’s “healed up”. But I’m afraid that looks like bumble foot on her “toe” now. What should I do to help her? She didn’t seem in pain or anything. I feel like such a bad chicken mom. How could I not have noticed this? Dottie has never seemed to been injured or anything. Never walked funny or layed down for a long time. :(:confused:
     

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  2. Wyorp Rock

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    Yes, it looks like Bumblefoot to me. There are several treatment options you can try - anything from cutting out the infection to drawing out infection by soaking in fish antibiotics. Hard to know how she lost a toe - could have been from frostbite.
    Here's some treatments you might want to read about.
    https://the-chicken-chick.com/bumblefoot-causes-treatment-warning/
    https://www.tillysnest.com/2015/12/non-surgical-bumblefoot-treatment-html/
    https://ouroneacrefarm.com/2013/11/09/bumblefoot-treatment-tricideneo/
     
  3. 5hens&aroo

    5hens&aroo Songster

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    Thank you! Has this happened to others before? I feel so bad!
     
  4. Wyorp Rock

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    Some people have had chickens lose toes or even whole feet due to frostbite.
     
  5. Tycine1

    Tycine1 Crowing

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    Wear gloves to protect you and her when you extract the infection; it's a staph infection (easily passed around).
     
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