Needing some info on bumblefoot and would like to know what you all make of my gal's prognosis.
Saphira is a big BBW hen. I purchased her as a day-old poult at a RK in March of this year. She always had somewhat enlarged feet, but after she went to live with @jchny2000, we noticed her feet getting much larger. I took her back to get a better look because my earlier attempts had not revealed anything particularly interesting (in the months before she found another home). I've noticed her weight gain to have halted or even receded in the past two months (probably due to her difficulty getting around).
After soaking in Domeboro and Epsom salts, the telltale black scabs on the bottoms of her feet were more than apparent. They're about one inch by one half-inch long. Hock joints are swollen and her feet are so swollen they look more like hooves. Slight pressure via syringe often results in bleeding well before the needle is deep enough. Her feet are quite warm to the touch, and the scales have been pulled apart by the swelling in some areas. One "scab" in particular is exceedingly deep, and I had to take kitchen shears to it to try to find living flesh (eventually found some, but still haven't gotten rid of most of the "scab", which seems to have a lot of compacted dirt and necrotic tissue in it). Her feet are a bit stinky and bleed profusely if any hole is made deep enough for antibiotics to be administered.
I've been unable to find isotonic saline for use as a irrigating agent (but my DH did bring home two lovely Fleet enemas, because saline's saline, right? " data-pin-nopin="true" src="http://files.backyardchickens.com/img/smilies/gig.gif" />) . I'm going to have to find another vessel to soak her feet in, too, because the tote I used last night has holes in it. Saphira's way too heavy (and unruly) for me to lug up a flight of stairs to get her to the bathtub, unfortunately.
Have you heard of Tricyde Neo? Here's an article on treating bumblefoot with it. http://ouroneacrefarm.com/bumblefoot-treatment-tricideneo/