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One of our chicks has a blister like knot where its leg bends. It almost looks like bumblefoot. Does anyone know what it could be and how to fix it
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Welcome to BYC. Is it at the hock or elbow? is the hock swollen? Can the chick stand and walk? Sometimes a hock can be swollen and red from a slipped tendon or bone deformity causing pressure on the tendon, but mycoplasma synoviae infection in the joint can sometimes be a cause. Can you try and post a picture or two?

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And thank you for the welcome
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And yes he can walk but limps real bad
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Does anyone know what this is.
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What is the yellow substance around the blister? Mycoplasma synoviae can cause yellow exudate from a swollen joint, and it is a type of bacterial arthritis. Is the blister soft or hard? Hopefully that is not what is wrong, but antibiotics such as Tylan and Oxytetracycline can be used to treat symptoms. Chickens with MS will remain carriers for life. Here is some reading about MS:


Infectious synovitis (Mycoplasma synoviae), chicken

hock joint infected with MS

showing yellow exudate

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Wow, thank you so much. Luckily today my bro-in-law came over and looked at it. What he saw on the inside of the leg that i thought was dried puss was (believe it or not) a small rubber band wrapped around its leg. He removed the rubber band which was of course embedded in the skin. We have soaked his leg is salt water and we're keeping neosporin on it. We have no clue how it got there unless the seller used it for marking chicks or something. Already the swelling has gone down and hopefully he'll recover completely. Thanks everybody for your imput
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My goodness, that is wonderful. I hope that the circulation in his leg will become normal again. Thank you for posting this. It may help someone else. Please give an update on your chick soon.
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So far so good. We've been keeping a close eye on him constantly. The swelling seems to have gone and the little guy is getting around much better already. We're still going to keep him by himself until he fully heals though
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