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bubble foot?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ruby, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. ruby

    ruby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    just got back from the chicken pen. and I noticed one of my hens (my last Hampshire) she has been roosting on the ground and I just lost the her sisters this spring. I picked her up and saw a clump of what looked like dirt on her foot. No swelling or other weird stuff. I moved the clump and she jerked so I pulled it hard and fast. it came off and when I squeezed her pad a bit of stuff came out then blood. dark blood. by the time I got her in the house and washed her feet. It had quit bleeding and nothing else came out. I'm by myself and she is a full grown bird. So I got some french green clay my kid mixed up for zits. I know it's got tea tree oil in it, and it may have some golden seal in it too. I put it on her foot and held her until it dried. I'm hoping it will hold till tomorrow. when I can check her again. Do y'all think it was bubble foot?
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Bumble foot is a staph infection. I have never had experience with it so I really can't advise good treatment. Perhaps speckledhen or dlhunicorn will be able to help.
     
  3. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    I deal with bumble foot, but I've never been able to pull anything off. It sounds painful!
     
  4. ruby

    ruby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what could have it been?? It was a cone shaped hole, no redness or swelling. It wasn't hot either
     
  5. ruby

    ruby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    after the clay dried, it made a sort of band-aid. she was limping a little, but no more than before. I know it hurt, that's why I pulled it fast.
     
  6. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member

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    I have a crippled pet duck who gets bumblefoot infections regularly.

    Was there a pale yellow cheesy looking stuff in the part you pulled off? If so, that is the bumblefoot infection or pus. It sounds like you got it all out in one piece. You need to check the foot againa nd if there is anymore of the bumble cheese, tweeze it out, pack with neosporin and wrap. Don't use peroxide as it will kill healthy tissue and you really need to get the cheesy stuff out. If you can get soem chlorhexadine solution, you can use that with a q-tip to work the hole to get the infected stuff out and disinfect the hole.

    If you ever have to do that again, I would recommend washing the foot with soap and warm water before working the infected part off. If you left a hole and it is not clean, you can just start the infection all over again.
     
  7. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    That is bumble foot.

    The dark cone shaped plug is a dead giveaway.

    I've had some success with it by pulling the plug out, then flushing with peroxide and dressing it with antibiotic cream and applying a bandage.

    Then you have to keep it clean (not easy) and keep the cream on it.

    Good luck.
     
  8. ruby

    ruby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Today was not a good day for me, I was hurting from past injury and she came up and I took the chance. I've been watching her, since her sisters died. I did wash her feet after, and then applied the french green clay with tea tree oil in it. It dried as we watched Andy Griffith show. I plan to soak it in espons salt bath. And may be reapply more clay and tea tree oil. The clay made sort of a band aid. We will see tomorrow if the clay is still there, if so it will keep the dirt out.
     
  9. ruby

    ruby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hey red rooster, have you ever use any drawing salve? my old fashion drug store has some and I'm going to look in to it also..
     
  10. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used neosporin antibiotic ointment on the foot when I cleaned it. I squeezed a lot in the hole and then placed a cotton ball over it and then wrapped the foot. I used the self sticking wrap and it held on very nice. I checked it again in 3 days and reapplied it and rewrapped it. Then by the end of the week it was healed over and looked great. I changed out all my roost to 2x4 flat side up after that. So far so good no more problems. Good Luck I hope she gets better.

    added: Make sure to use gloves at all times when touching her foot.
     
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2008

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