Hi everybody !
Ok I have researched this to death ---
I went from a sassy can pick up and run turkey - to treated bumblefoot - to trying to get him back on his feet - in just one surgery sitting ! ( plus the 2 days I noticed he was having trouble with swollen foot )
Seems as though I knew he was gonna keep his operated foot curled up - Ok check -
But then things got strange by the day ...........his other leg started to splay in about the 11:00 after about 2 days....bumblefoot still pulled up high - I was concerned because there was little or no reading of bumblefoot on Turkeys -
So here I am taking chicken advice and dropping some common sense onto a heavier bird .
So before I get ahead of myself - His bandage ( horse vet wraps) and nonstick pads and medicine has been changed a few times now and regrowth on the digi pad is coming along nicely . As well as the swelling has dropped.
Now with the good things taking time to fix itself and mother nature to do her job ... This splaying thing showed up and for the life of me I watched him and he could not retract his leg ! As you would have guessed , I did in fact try and pull it under him many times only to watch it crawl back out like a snail - Meanwhile I am scouring thru the BYC forums looking for answers----
1) First question I have is why hasn't anybody addressed how long curing has been taking them for bumblefoot ?
2 weeks .... 6 months ? When to quit and when to realize that your on the right track and just give things time.
2) After giving ANY kind of medication orally or externally how long must you wait before you put your bird down and or how long before you drop your bird is it considered safe to do so --- or maybe the bird is no longer meant for human consumption...
Ok so getting back on Track --with 1 leg over extended and the other hoisted up in the air like a landing wheel on a plane and one tiny other problem ........his mass seemed to push him forward into the dirt or whatever was in front of him like he was giving up...Honestly I thought he was dying pretty face laying face down like that -
Ok so meanwhile I stumbled across hobbles ( something we also use for horses) .... and started thinking about what I was observing and despite how strong he is I used a cotton rope ( again from horses) . Cotton rope had 3 main twisted in itself and I ripped one strand from that . Rolled my turky on his side ( wings folded , bumbled leg first ) and we did a barrel roll - lol Now Mind you he is just laying there looking at me and I used to hear stories about those spurs getting you - well my bird wasn't fighting in fact he layed there totally calm and I hobbled him just below the spurs so the hobble wouldn't slide back and defeat the purpose..
The silly hobble actually worked ! The bird sits upright, pulls the splayed leg inwards while pulling the injured leg down... and more important I think it looks like the bird has more control and has been monitored for 2 days now drinking and eating -
So I am at crossroads here - I have heard about slings , I have read about manually leg therapy- but how long do you do these things ? How long in the sling ?..............Am I on the right track ?.... How long do I baby this Tom before I realize he is past healing and getting back on his sassy feet ?...
And is it bad for a turkey to be on his stomach ALL DAY/NIGHT? while he is healing ??Cause I read that they develop flat spots behind their legs from sitting to long and that messes up the tendons?... Causes "cement" memory about using their legs or lack there of using their legs ----
Mind you I am not asking for a medical advice here -- I am seeking very knowledgeable - been there done that people
Thank you everybody for anything you can throw at me -