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Limping chicken with hot foot but no swelling/lump

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I have a four month old barred rock pullet who started limping about three weeks ago. Yesterday I noticed that one of her feet is hot to the touch.  There is no lump, swelling, or discoloration. I can see no evidence of a wound other than her "thumb" pad on the affected foot is a little tougher than the other. She has no other symptoms - she is eating well, very lively, flies/hops up to and down from the roost.  She lets me palpate the foot with no objection and it doesn't seem like anything is broken. As of last night I have her quarantined in a small pen to prevent further injury and because I read that bumblefoot can be contagious. I thought about treating for bumblefoot as described elsewhere in this forum, but there's nothing to do surgery on.  Should I administer antibiotic?  If so, what, how, and how much? Will a topical antibiotic ointment do any good?  Does anyone have any other advice to share?  Thank you for any insights!!

post #2 of 4

Welcome to BYC. I can see no reason to isolate her. Even if she had bumblefoot, that is not a reason to isolate her. It gets complicated when you have to reintegrate a chicken that has been separated from her flock. She may have injured her toe or maybe she hasn't formed a scab yet. Antibiotics aren't usually necessary for bumblefoot, so I would wait and see.

post #3 of 4

Hey there,

 

It does sound like bumblefoot, but you can't be sure unless you start seeing a scab or discolouration of the foot pad. She could have just simply landed badly and sprained a muscle in her foot after jumping from a place a bit too high for her. I know a couple of my previous chooks used to injure themselves by doing this. 

 

If it is still causing grief, maybe give her foot a nice warm soapy bath to soothe any swelling and pain. :)

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Thank you for your replies!  Relived to know it's not something I need to panic over. No improvement in her limp but the foot is no longer hot. 

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