I have a 1 year old hen, Uhura, who seemed to me completely normal until yesterday afternoon when I noticed one of her feet was a bit swollen. She had not been limping at all and was laying every day as normal. She is not a friendly chicken and is the very lowest on the pecking order so I don't frequently interact with her or hold her. I waited until later that night when she was roosting to inspect her foot and found a very clear and quite huge bubmlefoot. Swollen and really hot.
This morning I separated her from the group before they woke up and set in with my husband for surgery. I watched several youtube vids and read a bunch of posts. I felt pretty confident (although anxious) going in. As I was soaking her foot waiting to start, I noticed a fair but of swelling in the other foot as well and found a second bumblefoot there.
The first surgery went OK. But this bumblefoot was bigger than anything I had seen in the videos and there were 3 solid kernels, each the size of a lima bean in it. But in general it went just as the video demonstrated. But the second one was not so easy. It was a much smaller bumblefoot and it bled a lot. I could not locate any true kernel aside from the one that came out with the back of the black scab. The more I pushed and prodded the more blood there was. I figured I was poking flesh and gave up. The videos I watched made it seem like the chicken would stay calm but my Uhura was really fighting me the whole time and very stressed out. I can't say I blame her, it seemed awful what I was doing. My husband was super stressed along with her!
I got her all bandaged up with vertrycin and antibiotic ointment. I wrapped it extremely thoroughly as it's raining here and I understand that I need to keep it as sanitary as possible. I also sequestered her in an infirmary cell with food and water hoping she'd get some rest.
My questions is, should I dose her with some oxytetracycline? Most of the forums say it's not necessary, but what about after a double bumblefoot? Plus, I never found the big kernel of the second one. Is it possible there wasn't one formed yet? I'm pretty stressed about it. I have a 50mg per ml injectable oxytetracycline if necessary, but I hate to have to keep her sequestered during the egg lay-off period since she has the same egg color as several of my other hens.
Thank you so much for any help or advice! I'm always grateful and hopefully soon I'll start to know enough to be a contributor instead of always needing help!