All right- Today is Day 2 of treatment. My Polish hens are starting to enjoy their forays into the kitchen- there's lots of tasty fruit in there!
I've only done one soaking with the Tricide Neo last night, but this morning, already the scabs look a little pale. I'll add pictures below.
So, what I've been doing is soaking their feet in Epsom salts for at least 10 minutes each time I unwrap their feet, so morning and night. Its quite cute how much my chickens seem to like their spa- they just relax and lay in the warm water. Then, I clean and dry their feet really good, and put the Preparation H on gauze, and wrap the gauze with Vetwrap around their entire feet. I don't have a quarantine pen, so they just go back out in the coop with everyone else.
At night, I soak them again in Epsom salt, then dry their feet, and place one chicken in a small container of the Tricide Neo solution. After 7 minutes, I place the other chicken in the same solution (so I can re-use and save some of the Tricide Neo for later), and wrap feet in gauze and Vetwrap again.
About the Tricide Neo solution that I made:
I only made 1/4 of a gallon of solution. I measured 1/4 gallon of distilled water, and put a quarter of the packet (about 1 and 1/3 teaspoons) of Tricide Neo powder, and stirred until dissolved. I have plenty of powder left over, just in case!
Also, some things that I've observed during the first 2 days of treatment:
Last night, after one application of Prep. H and one soak of Tricide Neo, I noticed that one Polish Hen, Shanaynay, had what looked like dirt stuck to where the scab was. I plucked at it to get the 'dirt' off, and all of a sudden, it came off! Somehow, the entire plug was loose enough and sticking out of her foot, and I got a good kernal of infection out with minimal bleeding. That healed over this morning, and there was a scab, but it was smaller and more translucent brown. I don't think I got rid of the bumblefoot yet, not at all, but it looks hopeful! The scabs were small to begin with, but after a few soaks in Epsom salt, the scabs on Both polish appeared darker, but possibly smaller. Only time will tell, but pictures might help as well!
Here's what Shanaynay's foot looks like after the scab was pulled off.
Ahh! Spa! Here's Courtney (front) and Shanaynay, (back) getting their feet soaked in Epsom salt!
Feet are still puffy and swollen, but the scabs look better.
I'll keep adding updates as I go!