Any new advice on bubble foot?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by getalongfarm, Mar 3, 2014.

  1. getalongfarm

    getalongfarm New Egg

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    My hen who has had new babies recently has two large bubbles on her toes. She has been scratching the ground showing the young ones how to hunt for food... I think that is how this happened. Anyone with experience on this?
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. Do you mean bumblefoot? Usually there will be swelling of the footpad and a small dark spot in the middle. This is a staph infection, usually from a tiny cut from a rock or other sharp object. Inside is a cheese-like core of pus that needs to come out. Soaking of the feet with epsom salts, Tricide neo, or bumblefoot surgery is an option. Here are a couple of good links for you:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bumblefoot-how-to-treat-your-chickens-with-surgery-graphic-pics
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2011/07/bumblefoot-causes-treatment-warning.html
     
  3. getalongfarm

    getalongfarm New Egg

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    Thank you for this response. I admit this looks challenging and I will wait for my husband to get home [​IMG] to help!!! My question is that my chicken's foot looks a bit different. what I see is she has - on each foot - a large black "bubble" that appears to be connected to her toes not the underside of the foot. Almost like her toenails were the infected part and I could almost just cut off the large bubbles completely. They are literally hanging off her two toes ....

    Does this sound similar? They are black in color but that might be from all the dirt she has been scratching....
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Could it be frostbite on the toes or feet? It might be best to take a picture. That is always helpful in getting advice here on BYC.
     
  5. emmaie892000

    emmaie892000 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes. Pictures would be very helpful :)
     
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    nicole camp Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I don't mean to be critical, but that bumblefoot surgery (or survery as it was spelled) video would not take care of the issue. They only removed the scab, and didn't cut deep enough or squeeze out a waxy core of pus. Some bumbles are easily removed, but many take a lot more actual time. This link has a better video of the surgery: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2011/07/bumblefoot-causes-treatment-warning.html
     

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