Bumblefoot abcess

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by curiousgeorge67, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. curiousgeorge67

    curiousgeorge67 New Egg

    Nov 22, 2012
    Milton, KS
    We have a hen that we will be doing foot surgery on. Her foot is swollen and she has a large abcess on the top that is showing white spots thru the skin. I'm not sure if we should open the abcess and drain or if we should only open the bottom of the injured foot and clean it out.
  2. RhodeIslandRedFan

    RhodeIslandRedFan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 10, 2009
    Central PA
    Sounds like you will have to clean from the top, and if there is a scab on the bottom of her foot, you should also remove that and clean from the bottom, to make sure you have removed all of the infection in her foot. I've seen posts on here where folks have had to clean both areas, and the surgery went well for them. Good luck to you.
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    Edited to add: Here is a link to a thread that mentions surgery from the top and bottom. See post #3 https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/717944/is-this-bumblefoot
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2012

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