Bumble Foot! Help!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by CherpNPeep, Mar 15, 2019.

  1. CherpNPeep

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    So for the past week, I've been noticing my drake Muscovy has been standing on one foot and he did walk around and run when needed to like to eat or get out the coop in the morning but today, looking closer to it, I saw a large bump on the heel of his foot and I figured out it was bumble foot! What am I supposed to do? I know I need to soak his foot in espon salt but I know he won't stay still and he will try to run away.
    He's the only one who gets injured out of the other 3, poor guy.
     
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  2. Quailguy728

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    You could try soaking some cloth in the Epson salt, and using medical tape to secure it to his foot.

    Will at least give him barrier between it and the chicken poop and what not.

    Hope your duck gets better soon!
     
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  3. CherpNPeep

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    How would I keep him still while wrapping the cloth, he get really defensive sometimes.
     
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  4. Quailguy728

    Quailguy728 Chirping

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    Itll be easier to hold him still for 45 seconds than it would be to hold him still in water for 4 and a half minutes. :D

    I dont think theres a way around the hard part itself though. If there is someone else there, maybe they could hold him and his wings still while you quickly apply the bandage to his foot? Its gunna be tough though. :/
     
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  5. CherpNPeep

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    Oh well, maybe I'll cover him with a towel to calm him also. Thank you though!
     
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  6. Justso

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    To treat my chicken I used a narrow deep bucket with warm water and epsom salts in the bottom 4 or 5 inches. It was a tight fit getting her in there. Keeping her tight like that seem to calm her down and she liked the warm soak. Try covering the eyes, that might help getting him loaded into the soak bath. when you wrap the foot, hold him like a football with his head stuck under your armpit and his foot sticking out front. Again it helps to have those eyes covered. My hen is so fat and compliant she didn't care about being held this way. IMG_20180924_174752291.jpg
     
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  7. CherpNPeep

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    Ahh, thank you! Would I do this everyday? Soak, wrap, unwrap, soak, and wrap?
     
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  8. Justso

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    I did it every day, and I dug out the plug and filled with Neosporin. Then vet wrap.
    I think it was very important to work out the scab and if it's bad soak for a little while after then apply Neosporin or bag balm and then wrap.
     
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  9. Justso

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    I can't remember exactly how many days I did this, but she healed quickly and quite well
     
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  10. Cayuga momma

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    You can wrap him in a towel. I have wrapped mine in flex tape in the past to keep them from flapping and going crazy.
    There are a ton of threads on here on how to treat bumblefoot. I know it will be difficult, but if you can get us some pictures of his foot and the bumble it would help alot in giving advice on treatment.
     

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