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2 month old severely pecked

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Dyecoop, Feb 13, 2015.

  1. Dyecoop

    Dyecoop Hatching

    Feb 10, 2015
    Hello, I have a 2 month old chick that was pecked severely on her comb and her feet by 3 other chicks that were a bit larger and had different comb shape and coloring. I separated her from them, and have nursed her back to normal. She was pretty beat up for the first week, when I noticed that she had a puss bubble on each foot. Now those spots have dried and scabbed over. I am not sure if it will clear up on its own, or if there is something I can do to avoid cutting it out. I personally can't bear the thought of doing that sort of procedure. Any help, natural remedies is greatly appreciated. Thanks

  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    If it's bumble foot, there's no natural remedy.
  3. Suzie

    Suzie Crowing

    Jul 9, 2009
    You could try soaking her feet for 15 minutes in very warm water with either betadine or Epsom Salts added...the idea being to soften the scabs...you may be able then to ease the scabs away with a gloved hand...or use tweezers...

    A staph infection can be passed to humans...so ensure you wear gloves whilst handling her..

    Once you have finished the soak...you can lay her on her side...cover her head with a towel and she will relax..if you are successful in removing the scab you can then attempt easing out the pus...she will need antibiotic powder/cream on the wound and bandaging with vetwrap...the vetwrap will need to be removed in 48 hours and a clean dressing put on her feet...ensure her feet are kept clean and dry...she would be better housed in a cage with soft flooring whilst she is debilitated...

    Maybe read up on any other alternatives....the pus needs to come out or she is likely to develop a massive infection that will end her life...

    I perform surgery ( without any help from anyone else )...

    Alternatively take her to a Vet...
  4. KayTee

    KayTee Songster

    Sep 21, 2012
    South West France
    Where are the scabs - on the top of her feet or underneath? Pictures would be helpful.

    As far as natural remedies, the only one I have seen on here is a poultice of sugar and betadine (or "sugardine"). I have not used it myself, but it is a well-known treatment for ulcers and injuries on horses, and it has also been recommended for use on bumblefoot by several people on BYC:


    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/670000/bumblefoot-not-healing-well/10 (post n° 16)

    Personally when one of my girls got bumblefoot I started soaking her feet nightly in a betadine solution, but then changed to a solution of Tricide Neo - an antibiotic used to treat skin ulcers on fish. (Only available in the US - I had to order it online and wait a couple of weeks for it to arrive). I used it daily for around 4 weeks, and the bumbles both cleared up and I picked them out of her feet like small scabs.



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