Bumblefoot treatment.

This is for people who don't want their chickens to feel pain while trying to treat bumblefoot, and I know that I copied a article, but some...
By DuckPro · Jul 10, 2017 · ·
  1. DuckPro
    Here is what you will need to help your chickens with bumblefoot:

    Bath Towel
    Clean kitchen sink
    Epsom Salt
    Neosporin or Duoderm Gel
    Duoderm GFC (available online or at your local medical supply store)
    Vet Wrap
    Medical Tape

    Fill the sink with about a gallon of warm water and add Epsom salt to create a bath that even you would like to soak in.

    Then wrap your chicken in the bath towel; being sure to wrap the wings securely and leaving her feet out. The towel will help keep her calm and also allow you to do the treatment all alone without any helpers.

    Next soak your chicken’s feet in the Epsom salt bath for 10 minutes. This helps to loosen up the plug that had built up. The plug is actually comprised of dead tissue and other exudate from inside the foot that develops on the pad of the foot when it attempts to heal. The black “scab” is called eschar. In people sometimes we leave them alone and other times we soften the eschar and remove it gently in order to speed up the healing process.

    In bumblefoot, the eschar can vary in size. They are hard but soften beautifully with a nice good soaking. This allows you to work on the plug without having to perform surgery.

    Next with a gloved hand gently try to work the plug from around the edges of the eschar on the bottom of your chicken’s foot. If it is not ready do not force it. You don’t want it to bleed. Simply return to soaking for another 5-10 minutes. Give it time and be patient.

    The plug should release with a bit of manipulation. It should not bleed, but if it does, don’t worry. Apply a bit of pressure to the bottom of the foot for a few minutes. It will stop.

    The goal is to have to plug release naturally without much trauma because right underneath the plug is healthy tissue already working to heal the foot. When that bed of healthy tissue is damaged or cut into you are actually taking steps backwards in the body’s healing process.

    Once the plug is removed, dry the foot completely and spray with Vetericyn. Allow it to air dry. While waiting give your girl some love. She is going to feel much better now.

    Next apply a bit of Neosporin to the bottom of the foot pad. Instead of this you can also use Duoderm Gel to fill the wound. Next, cut a circle to fit the wound from the Duoderm GFC, center it on the wound to completely cover the wound edges and then wrap the foot pad with vet wrap. The vet wrap should be snug but tight. You don’t want to affect the circulation and blood flow to the foot. So the toes should be warm even once you apply the vet wrap. Put a bit of medical tape over the end to prevent it from coming undone. Phew, you did it!

    Be sure to disinfect your work area and sink with a 10% bleach solution after you are done.

    This girl should be separated for a bit from the others during healing. A diet of layer pellets is good, but supplement her with high protein snacks like meal worms and sunflower seeds to help her heal faster. Add some vitamins and electrolytes to the water too. Birds that are deficient in Vitamin A are more prone to developing bumblefoot. For her makeshift home, do not allow her to roost until healed and have a thick layer of pine shavings so her feet are comforted when walking. If she must roost, add a layer of padding by wrapping the roosts in towels to soften where she sits.


    (Original article is here https://www.tillysnest.com/2015/12/non-surgical-bumblefoot-treatment-html/ )

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  1. Betsy57
    I've tried with several of my chickens and never get a "plug". Get blood, rarely puss, some stringy stuff. I've got several gals with some serious swollen foot pads and are limping. I don't know what to do for them. Can I inject antibiotic directly into the swollen pad?
  2. Meg-in-MT
    I'm so happy to have found this article. Much better knowing that there is another option besides hacking away at their feet! I realize that maybe you can't always get away with using this method, but I'm a lot of people can. Thank you for posting and thank you to Melissa at Tilly's Nest!
  3. Lover of the chickens
    Oh my goodness. This is helping so so much. Thank you for posting this. I have like 7 girls that have it. I haven't done this method yet. I need to get the supplies first. I will do this after I get all the stuff though. Thanks again.
  4. chicks are life
    Thank you soooooo much I lo e this no surgery or a lot of pain for you and the bird.

    I did something simmaler but it kept coming back I would pull the scab off and wrap it it would come back but now I know to soak it!!!!!
  5. ChickNanny13
    Thank you for enlightening ME! From what I've read you needed to do surgery to remove. I've left it alone since my hen wasn't limping nor red/hot, it went away. I was hoping there was an "easier" way to remove, I can work with your method!
    1. DuckPro
      I'm glad it helped! :)
  6. MrsAuberry00
    I love the idea of this method much better than attempting surgery. I've got the original page for this treatment from Tilly's Nest bookmarked, but by posting the entire article here, you may have helped others discover this technique more easily. Thank you for sharing it.
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    1. DuckPro
      Thank you! I do prefer this method too rather than surgery.

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