(I wish there was a definitive "Bumblefoot Sticky")
I think a few of my Coturnix Jumbos have the dreaded bumblefoot, but I've never dealt with it before so I'm not sure. Here are a few pics:
Does this look like bumblefoot?
I am a new quail caretaker. I got these birds when they were 3 weeks old. 20 of them, 18 hens and 2 roos.
Birds are now about 12 weeks old, Coturnix Jumbos.
Feed is Manna Pro Gamebird/Showbird (24% protein), plus oyster shell and plain old sand for grit/dust baths. They also get some cut up apples and corn on the cob to munch on as a treat.
Pen is 1/2 X 1/2 hardware cloth, not coated with plastic (new cages will be coated)
I am raising these birds for eggs and meat. They are not "pets" but I take great care of them.
Symptoms were noticed one day ago, and I keep a pretty close eye on these guys. Maybe I just missed it.
I have been reading a lot about bumblefoot and there is a lot of info out there.
Some say that quail are amazingly hardy birds and they will basically cure themselves over time without intervention.
Others say that the hardware cloth is the problem and you need to have some sort of bedding in there to prevent the condition. Do this or that treatment and your birds will recover and live happily ever after.
Others say that a vitamin deficiency is the real problem. Supplement with this or that, treat the infection and all will be well.
Yet others say that BIG Jumbos will get bumblefoot no matter what you do, so just graduate those with the condition to the freezer and don't waste your time messing with it.
Most of my birds seem pretty darn big to me. I get 14-16 eggs a day from 18 hens and most eggs are 16 grams or so.
The last thing I want is for any of my birds to be suffering unnecessarily. If treating them is just delaying the inevitable I don't want to put them through it or waste my time and money.
So what's the real deal for big egg/meat birds with bumblefoot? Treat or cull?