What to do with serverly frostbitten toes on 9 week old chick?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Teresaann24, Feb 5, 2009.

  1. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    Snowball has had a rough life (Will never let a hen hatch chicks in winter)

    About a month ago I found snowball with frost bitten toes...I brought him in rubbed his feet in antibotic ointment. For a few days...The seemed to heal so I put him back out with his momma.

    Yesterday he escaped the cage with momma and I found him lifeless in the snow I thought he was a goner a hour or so wrapped in a warm cloth under a heating lamp he perked back to life.

    He is doing great now...but His toes look awful I think he has lost parts of his toes he walks slowly and stumbles they are different colors and swelled and look painfull...What can I do for his feet?
  2. AngelzFyre

    AngelzFyre Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 18, 2007
    Pell City, Alabama
    The main thing is to not let him out until all chance of any more frostbite are over. Repeatedly getting frostbitten will result in loss of toes and/or the feet.

    Warm him up to normal and you can warm his feet/toes by using warm, not hot water.
    Do not rub the area frostbitten or pop any blisters.
    Clean in mild diluted betadine solution. Should look like weak tea color.
    Wrap the legs and toes in sterile bandaging that's DRY. Use antibiotic ointment to keep areas from sticking to bandages and try as much as you can to not move the thawed areas as it's very painful and can cause more damage.

    Since he's been frostbitten he will be more prone to repeat and will need to be brought in if it's going to get into freezing temps after he heals from this episode.

    You should give him some extra vitamins<Poly Vi Sol w/OUT iron> and extra protein to help build back tissue and heal. Yogurt in oatmeal or starter mash, and ACV and Garlic in his water will help as well.

    If you start seeing infection or even as a prophylactic measure you may want to put him on antibiotics in his water as well.

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