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Bumblefoot/ a result of Bumblefoot?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mrsfig, Apr 3, 2012.

  1. mrsfig

    mrsfig In the Brooder

    Apr 22, 2011
    San Jose
    my handicap hen Ginger developed Bumblefoot 3 weeks ago. I tried to take care of it myself, by soaking pulling off scab and cleaning, also giving an injection of penicillin. I resorted to taking her to the vet , was kind traumatic for me w the needle. he lanced it took out cheesy stuff and pus, packed it w antibiotic ointment. put her on oral antibiotics 2x a day , took back for recheck same procedure, on antibiotics again, started swelling, soaked cleaned out etc. rechec w vet same procedure in a part I couldn't get to. said she should be good finish antibiotics and clean daily. s no more antibiotics, called to get more still pus, but going down. He's on vacation, went and got antibiotics for her water erythromycin. Today she is fluffed up and face looks pale, sleeping a lot too. I'm leaving next wk for 5 days and have a bad feeling. could this be in her bones now? still eats drinks, hasn't laid for 3 days, but w her weight I don't expect one everyday. ( handicapped and has 1 leg that works but is infected) low weight compared to other girls. what should I do?

  2. klmclain1

    klmclain1 Songster

    Mar 14, 2011
    Sounds to me like it's become a systemic staph infection. You need to bite the bullet and give her the penicillin injections. Or cull her and put her out of her misery.
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    If she had bumblefoot for 3 weeks, there's no doubt it spread through her system and no amount of antibiotics will treat it. It would be best to cull her. When you first suspect bumblefoot in a chicken, or any other problem for that matter, I recommend a highly aggressive treatment approach to nip the problem in the bud to prevent loss of the bird and/or other birds. Damage control.
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2012

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