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Kate Posted - 01/09/2015 : 08:48:21 AM
Chicken enthusiasts- on Wednesday I found my rooster hanging from his foot, caught between the gate, hinge and wall of the barn. With a low of 8, and lack of circulation, his entire leg was frozen solid. After an hour and a half in the van, in the heat, he was flexing his leg joints again by the time I got him to my small animal vet clinic. This is a large, hearty Americauna.

We put him on baytril suspension, cause we found bumble foot starting, upon X-ray.
By the time I left the clinic that night his leg was working well enough to stand on, and he was flexing the two outer toes when you press up on them with a finger. He's in a cage in my house. As of last night, his foot is weeping. Still swollen, reddened, and no longer curling those toes with pressure. I will soak in warm water, but wonder if Epsom salts would help the situation? I read not to massage, although I was told to massage ice-covered alpaca ears, and frost bitten cat ear tips with mineral oil...

Any advice for Big Roo? I've reached out to several other vets as well as those at my practice...

Thanks all!

Kate McKelvie
Alpacas of Sunset Fields
Glen Rock, PA
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Kate Posted - 02/20/2015 : 9:11:07 PM
Thank you, Robin and Judith.
I still have to come to terms with the fact that loss increases with a greater number of animals!
I am now dreaming of spring flowers, warmer days, and June crias.
Too bad the temp will be zero tonight...
Kate McKelvie
Alpacas of Sunset Fields
Glen Rock, PA
Judith Posted - 02/19/2015 : 9:15:26 PM
Oh my, Kate. You've certainly had your share of pain this year. I'm so sorry. Hope things get much better for you in the coming weeks and months.

Judith Korff
LadySong Farm
Randolph, NY 14772
Cell: (716) 499-0383
ard Posted - 02/19/2015 : 12:10:39 PM
Sorry to hear of your losses. That makes this cold winter even harder to take. Prayers and blessings.

Robin Alpert
Alpacas 'R Diamonds
15163 W 323rd
Paola, KS 66071
Kate Posted - 02/19/2015 : 08:47:46 AM
We had to euthanize him last week, Kate.
His foot didn't survive the frostbite, and the specialist said because he was a large breed (Wyandotte) that his other leg would break down within 4-6 weeks of the amputation. Basically he was too heavy to be one- legged- apparently smaller birds can handle it better than 5.5# hawk-sized birds.
The night before, my old bottle raised goat was euthanized, and two alpacas and my father-in-law were lost in January.....
Guess I'm relearning lessons on loss this year.

Kate McKelvie
Alpacas of Sunset Fields
Glen Rock, PA
KT Posted - 02/19/2015 : 06:08:12 AM

What happened with your rooster? With temps as low as we have been having, I worry about mine, too, especially when they jump up on my metal panels.


Beech Springs Alpacas
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Aulander, NC 27805
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Kate Posted - 01/10/2015 : 09:19:53 AM
Thank you, Judith
I am soaking it now with warm Epsom salts, and keeping him clean with lots of pine shavings and cleaning up after him.
I'm a vegetarian, and my hubby hasn't been able to eat chicken since we brought home chicks years ago!

I feel like we're in Maine, with this cold front... Stay warm!

Kate McKelvie
Alpacas of Sunset Fields
Glen Rock, PA
Judith Posted - 01/09/2015 : 8:49:35 PM
Hugs to Big Roo! It sounds as though you've gone above and beyond in terms of treatment. I would think massage only helps when the circulation is low, as when he was first found. I assume there is circulation now. Any superation may be damaged tissue sloughing off, but that's just a guess. I'd keep up the antibiotic, and maybe wrap the foot to keep it from getting infected from the bedding or feces.

Isn't it amazing how attached we get to "just a chicken?" I hope BR makes it and is back to normal well before spring so he can do all his rooster-y things like any other happy, healthy rooster.

Judith Korff
LadySong Farm
Randolph, NY 14772
Cell: (716) 499-0383

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