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How do you take care of a Chicken’s Foot if it gets hurt?

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).

3 comments to How do you take care of a Chicken’s Foot if it gets hurt?

  • Janie

    First i would wrap the talan and keep it clean. no dont clip there nails they use them to scratch at the ground to find bugs and roots. thats what keeps them dull. if you cant let them free range for a few hours a day then and only then would i clip them. chickens even thoughth people will dissagree… chickens are extreamly sencitive animals.. we sold 5 of ours and the other 5 were heart broken… seriously.. i love chickens even though that sounds odd. I won grans pet at our local festival with a chicken lol… hope helps
    JJ
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  • Theresa A

    Look at the toe. Is there blood? If there is blood, is it from a nail or from the toe itself? Sometimes they can tear a nail off. Apply some antibiotic or betadyne to the area.

    No blood? You can either leave it be or file it a bit to smooth rough edges. You don’t want to clip it, or you could hit the blood vessels in the nail, especially if it’s already broken off.

    If it’s lost the nail entirely, don’t worry too much. Keep an eye out for swelling or redness and keep some antibiotic on it.

    Hope that helps.
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  • Helena

    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).
    References :
    Raise chickens.