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Rooster Limping from Wasp Sting

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My sweet Plymouth Rock Roo was apparently stung by a wasp in one of his feet. We were able to find and eliminate the wasp nest in the large coop, but he is now limping badly and the foot on the left side is larger than the right one. We can see a welt where he was stung, but no stinger is remaining. Is there a way to treat this? He is not showing any other symptoms of being ill or injured, but the limp is getting more pronounced each day. Our veterinarian does not treat chickens and therefore will not advise us, and I have been unable to find a vet here locally that will treat chickens.


On the bright side, it is kind of cute to see the other chickens rally around him, including our Sussex Roo. I was worried that the two Roos would not get along, but they have an acre of our 3 acre yard to roam around in and seem to get on just fine. I have noticed that only one of them crows at a time, and usually only in response to the crows of a rooster from a neighboring property or in response to a perceived threat, like the lawnmower. 


Thanks in advance for any advice you can give. 

post #2 of 13

A remedy for humans I know is make a paste of water and baking soda and put it on the sting. At least if it doesn't seem to help it shouldn't make it worse.


 If it's safe you could try giving him some Ibuprofen. Or if the swelling get's worse maybe some Benadryl. You should do some quick research online first to determine if those medications are safe for chickens.

post #3 of 13
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We checked his foot again today and he actually has a sore on the bottom of one of his toes and the pad is hot. I gave him some antibiotics that we have used in the past for our old rooster when he got sick and we are watching it closely. Can antibiotic ointment be used on a chicken? Some websites say yes but others say no. I thought about wrapping his foot with a bandaid and antibiotic ointment to see if we can draw the infection out that way.

post #4 of 13

Is there a dark scab/spot in the center of the swollen area?

post #5 of 13

Can you post photos of the foot?

Is it located on the bottom or top of the foot?

Please don't give him Ibuprofen. If you must give some type of pain relief then use aspirin.


Used as a general treatment for reducing distress conditions of birds (fever or listlessness) that accompanies many diseases.

Dissolve five (5 grain) aspirin tablets in one gallon of water.

Offer this solution free-choice to the birds for the duration of an illness. The solution aspirin equivalent to 25 grains/gallon or 324 mg/gallon of drinking water. The dosage rate is about 25 mg/lb body weight per day.


Plain neosporin (without the "caine") can be used. If it is infected, you may need to lance the wound, depending on what it looks like.


Any chance what you are seeing is Bumblefoot?

Edited by Wyorp Rock - 5/2/16 at 3:53pm
post #6 of 13
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These are the tops and bottom of the affected foot taken just now.
Edited by MissyC2012 - 5/2/16 at 4:02pm
post #7 of 13

Poor fella it is swollen.

The sore on the toe, does it have a "plug"?

I see the bottom is swollen but not sores on the pad, just possibly that one toe.

Have you tried soaking his foot in warm epsom salt solution, the check to see if it is a sting or more like a bumble foot infection?

post #8 of 13
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We haven't tried Epsom Salt yet, but I may try that next. The sore doesn't appear to have a plug, but looks can be deceiving. He is sleeping on his roosting pole right now with the hens, so I will treat it again in the morning. He tends to get cranky if we disturb his sleep.
Edited by MissyC2012 - 5/2/16 at 5:55pm
post #9 of 13
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Our sweet boy is showing some signs of improvement, but very slow. We soaked the foot in Epsom Salt, coated the injured toe with antibacterial ointment, and gave him crushed baby aspirin in water. We brought him in and put him in the sun room for a few days to recover, but he wouldn't stop making distressed noises until we brought his favorite hen in with him. Then he was quiet and they curled up to sleep. They have been together since birth. We are going to keep monitoring him over the next few days and make sure that the swelling goes down. While we don't think it is bumblefoot, the swaddling technique with the towel in the article sure came in handy when we tried to soak the foot tonight.
Thanks for your help and advice. It has been truly beneficial.
post #10 of 13

Hope he continues to improve.

Keep us posted:)

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