Okay so I just got my first Chicken and she is in araiser chicken coup, about 16 sq ft, and the bottom isn’t chicken wire, its smaller, but the holes are big enough that she got one of her (now I’m not sure of the terminology here) toes, or claws in it, and i guess she panicked, and now then end of her toe is broken, it looks like a broken dog toenail. Anyways, I want to know if I am suppose to clip her toenails, what I can do to fix the damage that has been done? I will have my husband modify the coop so that this does not happen again.
If it is her actual toe, then you need to get her to a vet FAST to get it splinted, and various other things that we cannot advise you on without having seen her.
If it is the nail, then make sure it is not bleeding (if it is, dip it in plain flour to stop it), and file off any sharp points. Keep her inside overnight so that there is less likelihood of her going into shock. Keep an eye on the toenail if it did bleed, and make sure it doesn’t get infected. If it does, bring it in, wash it out, put her on a course of antibiotics and bandage her foot up.
You only need to clip the toenails if they are excessively long. If you do, you can use dog nail clippers, and make sure that you don’t cut the quick, which is the blood vessel inside the nail. You can see where this is by holding the nail up to the light. The dark bit is the quick. If you do happen to clip the quick, then put plain flour on it (as above).