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Hi there, I have a Rhode Island Red whose feet appear to be swollen. she doesn't like to walk around, and when she does it looks awkward. She roosts alot. how could this have been caused? Is there anything that I could do? Any responses would be much appreciated.
 

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The two things that cross my mind are heart/vascular disease and bumble foot. We need pics. That might give us a better idea of what's going on. We need views of the feet and the bottoms of the feet.
 

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There is no trauma that I know of, I got her about two months ago, so she is about twenty months old. I'm not really sure when the swelling began though
 

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I had a chicken who once had frostbite. After she thawed out, she seemed fine. Then 24 hours later, one of her feet swelled up to twice its normal size. I had no idea what to do. Someone told me that sometimes an abscess can form under the skin after frostbite. They recommeded having the foot lanced. It was the first operation I ever had to do on my own bird. I sterilized a needle and lanced it. There was some fluid in the foot, so I drained it the best I could. Then put some Polysporin on it with a bandaid. Within a few days, the foot went down to normal and the hen was walking normal.

I'm not saying that is going on with your bird. I found out later that sometimes just the bird jumping down on their foot can cause inner damage to the foot pad which can lead to swelling.
 

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I step on my chicken feet once in a while but they all around me when I go in the coop. I think they love me. I don't know if they have any feellings in there feet. They never hollar when I step on them. They just keep pulling trying to get their foot back
 

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I would suspect bumblefoot if there has been any wounds. Check her toes and "ankle" for anything that could be wrapped around like a thread or long hair. I have to keep an eye on my chickens because there is a lot of old twine that the get into when they are scratching. It can thread out and wrap around and cause swelling. Another thought is, has it been cold there, could she maybe have had a frostbite? In any case. after being sure there is no thread etc, I think I would soak her feet in some warm Epsom salt water for a little while dry them well and maybe rub in some antibiotic salve. Hope she recovers well.
 

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I don't know if chickens get arthritis, the one foot has a toe that looks like it is arthritic. Sort of bent and like I have seen in old human hands with arthritis.
 

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My rooster had bumblefoot. Is it warm to the touch? Is there a black scab somewhere on the pad of her foot?
 
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