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I have 3 Pekin ducks that are about 6 months old. I noticed this week that one was limping and favoring her foot. Does anyone know what this is and how I can fix it?
post #2 of 6

Hello and welcome to BYC!

 

That is the beginning of bumblefoot. It is not so hard to treat at this early stage. My suggestion would be to soak her feet in epsom salt water twice a day for as long as she'll let you (I did 10 minutes each time for my duck with this problem). The water only needs to be deep enough to cover her feet, and make sure she cannot drink the water! After soaking you can clean the area with some kind of antiseptic (I use chlorhexidine) and top off with an antibiotic ointment (the kind without pain reliever, as that ingredient is bad for poultry). Then just try to keep her living areas as clean as possible from poo so the foot has even less chance at getting infected while it's healing. The scab will fall off after awhile and new skin will grow in under that. It might take awhile (few weeks maybe), but this will heal up and she'll be good as new.

 

Here's a pic of my duck during her foot soaks, she really seemed to enjoy them (note how she cannot get to the water to drink it):

 

 

Some people use iodine after soaking in epsom salts, I just don't have access to things like that here. If you do a search for bumblefoot here you'll find lots of posts and methods for treatment. My method has worked great for my duck, she is completely healed now with perfect feet again, and the less invasive the treatment, the better. There are some places that suggest cutting into the foot to remove the core of the bumble, which is completely unnecessary and dangerous to do. This can actually make things worse by aggravating the bumble and introducing infection into the foot. Your duck's bumble is very small and just starting out, so that is not necessary at all.

 

Good job noticing this issue before it became a bigger problem! :) You might want to check all of your other ducks just to be sure they don't have any bumbles starting as well. Always easier to fix these early on.

 

And if you do have multiple ducks with bumbles you'll want to figure out what's causing them. Being on hard or rough surfaces most often causes bumbles, or they can be caused by them simply getting a small scratch or wound on the bottom of the foot, then it becomes infected and bumbles form. 


Edited by Orca5094 - 10/9/15 at 10:50pm
post #3 of 6
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Thanks. I soaked her feet once yesterday using regular salt because I had no epsom salt. I will be going out this mornings big to get epsom salt and some type of antibiotic ointment. What's a good one to get from Rite Aid?? I didn't see anything on the other two ducks but will check again. She probably got it from crossing the street (in my neighborhood). Thought about fencing them in but I think they like their freedom.
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Originally Posted by Orca5094 View Post

Hello and welcome to BYC!

That is the beginning of bumblefoot. It is not so hard to treat at this early stage. My suggestion would be to soak her feet in epsom salt water twice a day for as long as she'll let you (I did 10 minutes each time for my duck with this problem). The water only needs to be deep enough to cover her feet, and make sure she cannot drink the water! After soaking you can clean the area with some kind of antiseptic (I use chlorhexidine) and top off with an antibiotic ointment (the kind without pain reliever, as that ingredient is bad for poultry). Then just try to keep her living areas as clean as possible from poo so the foot has even less chance at getting infected while it's healing. The scab will fall off after awhile and new skin will grow in under that. It might take awhile (few weeks maybe), but this will heal up and she'll be good as new.

Here's a pic of my duck during her foot soaks, she really seemed to enjoy them (note how she cannot get to the water to drink it):




Some people use iodine after soaking in epsom salts, I just don't have access to things like that here. If you do a search for bumblefoot here you'll find lots of posts and methods for treatment. My method has worked great for my duck, she is completely healed now with perfect feet again, and the less invasive the treatment, the better. There are some places that suggest cutting into the foot to remove the core of the bumble, which is completely unnecessary and dangerous to do. This can actually make things worse by aggravating the bumble and introducing infection into the foot. Your duck's bumble is very small and just starting out, so that is not necessary at all.

Good job noticing this issue before it became a bigger problem! smile.png You might want to check all of your other ducks just to be sure they don't have any bumbles starting as well. Always easier to fix these early on.

And if you do have multiple ducks with bumbles you'll want to figure out what's causing them. Being on hard or rough surfaces most often causes bumbles, or they can be caused by them simply getting a small scratch or wound on the bottom of the foot, then it becomes infected and bumbles form. 
post #5 of 6
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Haven't seen a black duck in a while. Very pretty!
post #6 of 6

Thank you! She is a Cayuga Duck. ^-^

 

Just basic Neosporin (or the store brand "triple antibiotic" gel; so long as it's the kind without pain reliever) is what I use. I actually had to have my mother ship some over to me from the US since such a thing does not exist here in Sweden. They are very very very strict on antibiotics and other medications here. Kind of frustrating sometimes, but I digress. ;) 

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