Hello, this was a definite case of bumblefoot that developed last fall in my favorite hen. I attempted to do the surgery then, pulling off the scab and a bit of stuff, bluecote and bandage, healed back together but continued growing.
So i tried again first thing this spring, cutting in deeper and same thing, healed back up but got bigger. (I actually found a couple corns in this one, but mostly stringy rubbery material.)
A week and a half ago i soaked, cut deep in and i got out much more Stringy rubber-y mess, it didn't look like the pics i'd seen before at all. No corns, just a semi solid mess in there. I just kept soaking in epsom salts after the initial surgery, it drew more out. This was all through the pad. I got as much out as i could, except for a few bits that seem to be string and attached deep, maybe to the bone. There may be a tiny corn in between one toe, i can't get the swelling down enough to see and i picked out that area as best i could. She doesn't seem sick acting, very vigorous.
I have soaked in peroxide, bandaged daily with triple antibiotic ointment. It refuses to close up this time, just gets infected. I even tried the blue cote, thinking it would be more drying. than the ointment... There is no scab forming, only puss. :(
I am aware this can infect the bone, but is there something that would at least help her knit back together? I have never had this happen before. I am not able to take her to a vet :( If it is that bad, would she act sick? How long would i have with her?
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