Assumed bumblefoot


8 Years
Jun 17, 2013
I have a girl who went suddenly lame and has been separated from the flock. I am guessing it's bumblefoot due to characteristic scab on bottom of hurt foot. Not sure if I need to be more invasive but I've been giving her Epsom salt soaks and scrubbing the bottom of the food with a scrub rinsed in rubbing alcohol. I got the majority of the scab part off. She's still limping but seems a bit better. I didn't get a kernel or anything, just the top scab.


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Free Ranging
Aug 19, 2020
Victoria, Australia
It looks good for now, I would wait a while before going any further. For the moment rap it, complete the soaks and cream, before taking the surgery step. It is here in case you need it.
Read up about doing the surgery. That's if you are confident about doing it yourself, if not take her too the vet if possible. For the surgery I would recommend tweezers and cotton wool to mop up any blood that may come out. The infection is white and stringy usually, you want to try to get this and the kernel out.
Before the procedure do an Epson salt soak for at least 10 minutes (warm water). To soften the scab. For following days treatment re - rap every 24 hours. Complete an Epson salts soak for 10 minutes and a 1% beta-dine solution towel soak for at least 20 minutes. Before applying tipple antibiotic cream to a small square of gauze, put that on top and rap with vet rap. Keep this up until the new scab drops off, the new scab should be a light brown colour.

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