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    Default Has anyone any experience of frostbite on chickens feet?

    and if so can they give me any advice on both diagnosis and treatment please?

    i have a sick girl, off her food, can hardly walk, swollen feet (at least twice normal size), have her on straw in unused cat carrier in the house at night and outside on our front lawn during the day (so no-one annoys her), she hardly walks and kind of shuffles and then either stands still or lies down, no walking around or scratching.

    havent seen her pecking at herself and we dipped her feet in surgical spirit last night - she didnt flinch or make a fuss (almost like she couldnt even feel it) and then we smeared them in vaseline - again no response. also looked for mites but couldnt find any....kind of at a loss.

    googles but couldnt find anything either

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    Isnt there something chickens get called bumblefoot? Thats swollen feet? Maybe Abcess?
    Hope someone with more experience can help more.
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    Its a new one on me, I will search my books and see if I can help.
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    Springwatch was explaining that birds don't suffer cold in their feet, because of a clever internal blood-cooling system

    they don't stick to their perches in winter either (unless their feet are wet).

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    Bumblefoot is caused by landing from a height. They sort of jar the feet and make them sore. Don't know about the swollen feet though. It needs someone with greater experience who might have come across it before.
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    I haven't come across the symptoms you describe ScottishNewbie - I'm not aware that chickens can get frostbite in their feet, only their headgear. Bumblefoot is a type of abcess that forms on the sole of the foot, but the rest of the foot would look normal. It may be worth getting her checked out by your vet if she does not improve.

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    i googled bumblefoot as i had heard of that but i dont think that's what it is. this morning she wont even come out the box though when i hold water to her, she does drink it. not eaten anything though. i'm going to leave her a day or two and then take her to the vet on friday if nothing is different. tried to look at her feet today and i think one of them just might be a little less swollen - but that might just be wishful thinking on my part!

    forgot to add that internet says chickens CAN get frostbite on their feet...
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    If she's not eating and feels light already, Friday might be pushing your luck. Can you get her looked at any earlier?
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