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Are her eggs safe to eat after Bumblefoot, then treatment, now possible relapse?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Nic&Chickies, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. Nic&Chickies

    Nic&Chickies Songster

    Aug 23, 2010
    New Britain, CT
    About 2 and a half months ago (late November) I realized that the swelling and dark spot on my hen's foot was Bumblefoot. I took her to a veterinarian, where they confirmed it, performed surgery, gave me prescriptions for the antibiotic Clavamox and an anti-inflammatory, and told me to bring her back at the end of the week to check her bandage. That was removed, I continued the meds, started doing the week of blue soaks, and wondered how long it would be 'til it didn't look swollen anymore. After that I let her out of the kennel, and let her back with her coop-mates.
    Because of the antibiotic, I was told not to eat her eggs; but for how long was not clear. I only asked later, when I realized that Clavamox is the veterinary version of Augmentin, to which I am allergic (3 solid weeks of ITCHING! a few years ago, after bronchitis).
    When I asked, I was told that first of all, Clavamox is not officially used for treating chickens (just dogs and cats, I think) so there's been no testing to find out how long the drug may stay in the hen's body, and therefore, her eggs. Well, as it turned out, it didn't matter anyway, as she didn't lay any eggs for 2 over months, including the time she went into a molt. But now, a couple of weeks ago, it looked like she may have some more, different swelling on the same foot. Then last week she started laying again, at last just about every day, like she used to.
    Now my quandary is twofold: is it safe to eat eggs from a chicken who was on antibiotics and could still have it in her system, AND, since bumblefoot is a staph infection, and it may have come back, could anyone then become infected from eating her eggs??[​IMG]

  2. new chick 203

    new chick 203 Songster

    Feb 8, 2010
    Ridgefield CT
    It sounds like you haven't gotten all the infection out yet. I'd head back to the vet.
  3. Nic&Chickies

    Nic&Chickies Songster

    Aug 23, 2010
    New Britain, CT
    Quote:new chick 203 wrote: Yep, that's pretty much what I concluded, and part of why I wrote the post. Would you eat eggs from an infected chicken?

    Quote:new chick 203 also wrote: Maybe you would, but that is an extravagance I could barely afford 2 months ago, and the car that went without repair is still sitting, not drive-able, in my driveway.
    Besides, I'm still dealing with the aftermath of the last trip to the vet, i.e., a still-infected --or reinfected-- chicken, who might have "off-label" antibiotics in her body, and maybe her eggs, which I don't know if I should eat, lest I suffer an allergic reaction or a resistant staph infection myself.
  4. ADozenGirlz

    ADozenGirlz The Chicken Chick[IMG]emojione/assets/png/00ae.png

    Oct 18, 2009
    Hey, New Britain! Suffield here. :) I'm not aware of any reason you could not eat her eggs. I do not believe staph is transmitted through eggs. If your hen is still suffering, either the vet did not get all of the infection or a new one has developed. In either case, if you cannot afford a second trip to the vet, I'm here to tell you that I have done more than my fair share of bumblefoot surgeries and there's really no magic to it. I wrote a blog post about bumblefoot, which includes photos and information about how I perform the surgery. I also have a YouTube video that shows us performing the surgery from beginning to end. The link to the video is in the blog here: http://eggcartonlabels.blogspot.com/2011/07/bumblefoot-causes-treatment-warning.html

    Good luck with her.


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