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Bumblefoot? Need advice!

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Hi there, 

 

So I've got a bird that has a pretty bad case of bumblefoot. I've done a couple surgeries on other chickens and I just never feel like I get all of the infection out. There's always some white fibery stuff once I pull the scab off, and I can't tell if it's supposed to be there or if it's part of the infection, so I stop. They typically bleed a lot for me, too. 

 

Well, this is the worst I've ever had. I don't have a picture right now, but my main question is: Can I use shots of Penicillin to treat Bumblefoot. Someone on a Facebook group said I could, but I'm not sure if it's a shot to the meaty part of the breast or what and I'm not sure on the dosage. 

 

I have lots of short-acting Penicillin in the fridge from TSC that I have no uses for, so if I can use it for bumblefoot, that would be great! 

 

Thank you in advance. 

 

PS: I'll try to get a picture tonight when I put them in for the night. 

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I'm obsessed with having a diverse flock! 22 chicken breeds and 2 duck breeds so far! Woohoo! 
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Yes, you can use penicillin. Gail Damerow's The chicken health handbook says: 1/2 cc penicillin or streptomycin in the swollen area of the foot. 

The white fibery stuff is part of the infection. White stuff in the foot is infection; pink stuff in the foot is living, noninfected tissue. 

Also, if you have already cut on the foot, it is VERY important to keep the wound clean to avoid a secondary infection. Change the bandage every other day, or if you live in a warmer climate, every day. Spray some Vetericyn wound and infection care when you change the dressing. This will help kill any antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and will also help encourage new tissue growth and healing of the wound. Hope your bird is better soon! 

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