Swollen back toe thumb

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Swollen back toe thumb

Postby Mosgirls » Mon Dec 06, 2010 11:48 am

I am new at keeping chickens since Sep/Oct this year and have my 1st health issue this morning... :?

Noticed during my morning feeding ritual that Queeny my Barnevelder hen has a badly swollen right back toe thumb.
She has always been a limpy/hoppety kind of girl since I got her in early Oct her limp has not effected her egg production and
she still rules the roost. So have not worried about her limp. This morning she is still eating her breakfast (as greedily as ever) and pecking at the lower ranked girls to keep out of her way. But this swollen toe is worrying me. With the swelling around her toe thumb (no sign of bumblefoot) she might end up having trouble of roosting. However she continues being happy jumping up roosting bars both in and outside of the coop. Am thinking of using an Arnica tincture/oil on her. Can anyone advise please as cost of vet visit would outway her purchase price no doubt! :(

Hoping that someone can give me some advise, many thanx in advance.
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Re: Swollen back toe thumb

Postby chicibo » Wed Dec 08, 2010 9:06 pm

any chance of a picture? :?:
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Re: Swollen back toe thumb

Postby Luci » Wed Dec 08, 2010 10:30 pm

Swelling of a toe usually indicates inflammation as a result of infection of the soft tissue or bone or a fracture that is calcified or hard scar tissue.
Arnica will not treat an infection of either the soft tissue or bone, but may provide temporary relief from the pain of a fracture.
If the area feels warmer or hotter than the same area on the other foot then infection is the likely problem. Infection of the soft tissue can be treated with a course of orally administered or injectable antibiotic prescribed by a vet. Infection of the bone can also be treated with an antibiotic ( not the same one as would be used to treat soft tissue infection) that can penetrate bone tissue & the treatment would be for a longer period of time to be effective. Osteomyelitis is normally diagnosed by xray ( the infected bone shows as a brighter mass than the healthy bone & looks fuzzy in comparison with healthy bone)
Both soft tissue infection & bone infection - ie osteomyelitis, can result in long term problems if not treated. You mentioned the bird was always a limpy/hoppy one, so maybe the problem has been there for a while. Limping is generally an indication of pain. Animals feel pain in much the same way as humans do.
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Re: Swollen back toe thumb

Postby Mosgirls » Fri Dec 10, 2010 11:54 am

Thanx Luci,
I will have to catch her first to see if there is heat in the area, more like mission impossible! :roll: In the mean time here is a pic or two, just got an egg from her today so she's still happy laying for us.

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Re: Swollen back toe thumb

Postby Luci » Fri Dec 10, 2010 6:14 pm

Good to see the photos. It looks as though the claw to the rear digit is missing, or is it just buried in the swelling? If it is missing, that could be where infection got in & has spread.

If it is infected, & the photo appears to indicate that it is, the infection could be in the soft tissue & bone, as the missing (?) claw would have surrounded the distal end of the last bone in the digit so bacteria could easily get into bone tissue if there is any damage to the distal end of the bone as well.
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