Tricide Neo for Bumblefoot- Still recommended? - Page 7
We have 6 girls with BF and a really high roost in a narrow coop. Time for a redesign. (Again). I've read a lot about tricideneo. We ordered it and will start tonight. While waiting to get it we've been soaking in 2tbs of ebson salts and a squirt of betadyne to 2 cups of warm water. Then wrapping. It seem to have helped and a few scabs peeled right off. I also read that someone's vey recommended wrapping a homemade corn pad on to the foot to keep the pressure off the lesion (and forcing it up into foot). The pressure then pushed the infection down toward the skin. I'm guessing like a pimple. I'm going to grab some real corn pads and try it. I'm thinking it's less stress on both of us if I have to wrap them by myself with no help.
We will have a race to see who has improvement first. I have 3 girls with bumblefoot that I have been fighting for a month. I have done the surgery twice on one of them but I never get even puss out of the hole. a lot of blood, one time there was a chunk of stuff on the inside of the scab that was hard but not much of one. I squeezed and probed as much as I felt was prudent but both of her feet have growning black scabs again. I have another with one foot affected that I pulled off the scab and pushed and prodded but also no puss or anything her scab looks immensely better than the first bird but I think her bandages were too tight at one point or her infection got terrible because her foot swelled, had big red areas, she lost quite a few scales and looked a mess. She stayed off her foot for quite a few days but I do believe the bumble spot looks better while the rest of her foot is still questionable.The 3rd hen I got a bit of crusty stuff with her scab out of her surgery but also no puss or kernel and it still is dark and not shrinking. I started the Tricide Neo tonight, a 5 minute soak for each foot. I will do it again in the morning, and get pictures (more help available in the morning) and will post the progress. I will be lucky to get every other day done during the week so I am going to do 2x a day for the weekend. Good luck with yours!
Ok everyone that may read this...The above post was 3 of my chickens with bumblefoot, we had a rash of it run through the flock (I think I finally got it solved with the removal of a head of a screw I didn't know was sticking up on the poop board) after these that are pictured another one came down with it in both feet. I am really pleased with the tricide neo. The 2 worst cases of mine showed real improvement within 2 weeks, I started out the first week with a soak every couple days and wrapping any open sore but leaving all closed sores unwrapped. the next week I did just 2 soaks and after that just once a week (out of complete lack of time not out of a plan of treatment, I had every intention of soaking 3x a week for a month). I did start slathering their feet in neosporin in the 3rd week because we had a bout of scaly leg mites, I have no idea if it affected the bumblefoot situation though I don't suspect it did.
The progress was very obvious, the scabs really dried out and shrunk, after a couple weeks I grabbed them with tweezers and pulled them off and then soaked so that in theory more contact of the solution with the infection would happen. When I did that on 2 sores a big hunk of dried yuck came with them. I don't have anyone to help me with pictures this morning but I can tell you the hen in the top pictures has no trace of bumblefoot left and the others have faint scars but the feet look great! Considering I tried the surgery a few times with terrible results (no kernel, bleeding horrible feet, worsening infection, sore feet) I am completely sold on the Tricide Neo treatment. It takes some dedication and is a bit labor intensive but I am so much happier with the result.
Thank you very much for posting the results with tricide neo treatment on your hens. I have been battling with bumble foot in my flock forever and have had mixed results with surgery and TN treatments. I am glad to know that it worked for you, and yes you are right, it takes time and dedication to get this treatment to work.
Right now I am treating 2 hens and 1 rooster with TN. Unfortunately I don't have anybody to help me take pictures. The scabs are not bad so I am in high hopes that it will work.
BTW I have learned that there are some hens that are more susceptible in getting foot infections than others. I have treated the same hens while others never get infected. It might be that the original infection comes back or it could be a new one. Never the less I am sold in using TN. I much prefer it than surgery. Where I live there is a great amount of dew in the mornings and it takes half a day to dry out, I will have to be changing wrappings often every day and keeping them indoors is hard on them because it takes too long to heal and then there is the problem with reintegration which puts too much stress.
Keep us posted in the use of TN and the progress on your hens.
Thanks, I am really hoping that this is a fluke with mine as my first birds went over a year with no bumblefoot at all and then all of a sudden it was rampant in the coop. I was really surpised that after a month of them getting nothing but worse the TN really helped quickly considering how bad the cases were. I was thinking I should have said how I went about soaking. I made up the solution as directed and kept the 16 oz I made each time in a yogurt container and then poured just enough into the bottom of another yogurt container enough to cover the chicken foot, then I put that in a short square bucket that allowed me to carefully slide the chicken in with the affected foot in the solution. This meant I could not limit the use to the bare minimum and if it spilled I could salvage it. I prescrubbed each foot with dog shampoo and an old toothbrush to keep the solution clean. I started with the lightest case and moved my way to the worst case as much as possible so that I could re use the solution. It still had great results.
My chickens don't like to be handle so I wait until roosting time when they go to sleep. I grab the chicken and sit down with it in my lap, with one arm and hand I hold it towards my chest so it cannot flap its wings, then I place the foot (or feet) in a small tray that has about 1/4 inch of tricide neo solution (the tray is on my lap, I am grabbing the foot (feet) with my other hand because they tend to want to escape. I am very tender with them, and talk softly to ease the procedure. After a few treatments, they sort of get used to it and fight a lot less. I have noticed that chickens like us have good and bad days, I call it a good day when they just sit thru the treatment with no problem. You have to be prepared to hold them for 10 minutes so be aware that they might fight you a bit and holding their wings with your chest and arm works very well, wear globes and put a towel under the tray so when you are finished you can dry their foot (feet).
This might sound overly overwhelming but trust me as you practice, things come out a lot easier.
BTW I have had good luck with tricide neo, I live in a very humid and hot area which doesn't help at all with scratches and punctures in my chickens feet. I have lowered all my roosts and placed ramps, I clean coops and runs everyday and still get a bumble foot every now and then. The trick to clear bumble foot with tricide neo is to catch it early.