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I posted before but no one has replied.
I have a very young chick who is sick and has problems with its legs. I think it's the beginning of bumblefoot. I went and bought some supplies today (antibiotics, electrolytes, etc) and am medicating it with those. I also had to tie its legs to correct a splaying leg.

How do I treat the bumblefoot? There is no black spot yet.
post #2 of 7

If it is a chick that has been on dry bedding, it won't have bumblefoot. It must have had a foot injury that has allowed a staph infection to enter.

 

Your problem is most likely a leg issue and doesn't need antibiotics so don't administer them since you don't know what bacteria you may be treating.

 

Describe the issue in greater detail.

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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post #3 of 7
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It was on dry bedding in the store but they took in the back when it got sick. Now it's foot has scrapes on it. I'm not sure what type of bedding they had it on. The one foot has a swollen lump in between all of its toes and its a red color. I will add some photos.
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That looks like it is infected. Is it very hot to the touch?

Antibiotics don't usually help. And if administered, need to be injected in the site of the swollen pad.

Soak the foot in a warm Epson salt bath a couple times a day.

If you can find an CEH ointment that is the best way to treat. It is a combination of [Calendula, Echinacea and Hypericum], Wrap the foot in gauze and keep it clean.

http://www.oocities.org/gymnogyps_gray/bumblefoot2.html

 

There's a lot of bumblefoot info in the following links

 

http://avianmedicine.net/content/uploads/2013/08/34_orthopedic.pdf

 

https://www.beautyofbirds.com/bumblefoot.html

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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post #6 of 7
I had a chick who was picked up and shook by and adult hen, by its foot, and it looked like that. I would think the foot got stuck in something and it's badly sprained of broken.
With my chick I just gave her time and within a week the bruising had diminished and she was walking normally again. I would suggest just making sure she has a quiet space away from other chicks and time to heal.
Good luck!
post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
I think it's going down!! The redness is also receding slightly.
I have the chick on antibiotics for a sickness it got from other chicks who died. It seems a bit peppier today, so I am excited for that. I'm also putting electrolytes in its water and am having to tape it's splayed legs. The poor thing hates it.

I'm going to read those articles, ChickenCanoe and readjust my treatments accordingly.

Newwestchick, that may have been what happened as well.

Thank you both for the wonderful advice and sources. Hopefully this little baby will keep healing.
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