I've got a chicken that has a swollen, hot foot but it isn't bumblefoot. I looked and looked but could not find any cuts or anything on her foot. About 10 days ago I had coyotes or something get into my coop at night and carried off some of my chickens and she could have gotten a damaged foot then if she was attacked but seems like she would have been limping sooner. Is there anything I could do? It's definitely sore, I couldn't identify any broken bones.
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In my meager 4 years of raising chickens, one thing I've learned about chicken ailments is to do nothing and let the chicken heal on it's own. This advice is not appropriate for all chicken problems or illnesses, but it's worked for me in my few situations where something isn't right with one of my birds, especially limping. Every single time I have a bird come up limping, I do nothing and just let the bird heal on its own, and so far this has worked in the half a dozen or so times I've had a limping bird. The swollen foot in the link above had me really worried, as it got worse and worse then looked terrible. Now that chickens foot looks fine, and in fact I can't figure out which one of my three welsummers originally had that swollen foot.
Best of luck to you and I hope your chicken turns out ok. Hollar if I can help with any other questions :)
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