Need Help, Please!!!: Below are 3 photos (2 of 1 foot and 1 of the other foot) of the bottom of my 7 month old Wellsummer rooster. I dropped him off at my avian vet this morning and heard back from the receptionist that the vet is giving him antibiotics, but due to the "location" of the bumblefoot, she is not doing surgery. She is keeping him overnight and will update me tomorrow morning. Not depicted in any photos is that the foot with the larger dark circle started to get red and a bit swollen in the lower leg. I discovered him limping on Saturday, then Sunday he wouldn't walk and the lower leg near foot was red, Monday morning he went to vet and it's Monday night after hearing back from vet.
Oh, to the touch, the bottom of both feet feels like hard calluses versus having softness and then a hard spot where the black area is -- don't know if that means anything?
Also, in person, the dark spots look darker than they do in these uploaded photos.
First, do those of you with experience, agree that the below photos depict bumblefoot?
Second, now that I've uploaded these photos from my phone, it seems to me that there is scaley mite-do you agree?
I'm confused because the photos I've seen of bumblefoot look different than my photos. The pads are very thick and have that broken into pieces with crevices look. These two qualities are visible in person, too. I've never seen this in other bumblefoot photos. In other photos the skin is smooth and there is a black circle.
I don't understand the vet giving antibiotics but not doing surgery because from what I've read, the hard core must be removed or the chicken will die.
If this is bumblefoot, is there anybody in Arizona that has done this surgery before? I'm in Northern Arizona near the Sedona area but would drive long distance to get some help with the surgery. I don't even look when I get blood drawn, but if the vet won't do it (and I've already called another vet and will continue to try to find one), then I will have to do it.
I don't feel a black hard spot, the whole pad is very hard, like a human callus. And, the dark spot, in the worse foot, covers nearly the hole pad.
Thanks to everyone that can help!!!