Bumblefoot Advice

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Bruster Rooster, Dec 17, 2016.

  1. Bruster Rooster

    Bruster Rooster Just Hatched

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    One week ago, I noticed that one of my 9 mo. old White Leghorn hens has bumblefoot. However, the scab area on the bottom of her foot was small & there was only a small area of swelling between two of her toes & it was somewhat pinkish in color. She was not limping, but I had noticed a couple of times when she had not used the roost with the others. We soaked her foot in salty warm water & cut the scab out. There was a small protrusion that came out with the scab. However, with much pressing on the swollen area on the top of her foot & the pad, we could not get anything else to come out. We have soaked the foot in salty water & changed her bandage every day since. She has never acted like it has bothered her, walks & runs normally & roosts with the others. The bottom of her foot is now soft & healed with no scab. However, there is still a swollen area between the toes, which is slightly reddened.

    My question to those, who know more than me, is should we just keep doing what we are doing & hope it will all go away on its own or should we cut between the two toes & attempt to remove any infection from the top of her foot. (I really hate the idea of doing that, but I hate the idea of losing her more). Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is the swollen area squishy?
     
  3. Bruster Rooster

    Bruster Rooster Just Hatched

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    No, I wouldn't say it is squishy nor would I say it is hard. I would describe it as sort of firm with a some swelling, when compared to the areas between other toes. When we take the bandage off, it is a little reddened between the top of the toes on the affected foot. That looks some better after a 5 minute warm salt water soak. I'll get a photo of top & bottom of her foot tomorrow, when we soak her foot & change her bandage.
     
  4. Bruster Rooster

    Bruster Rooster Just Hatched

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    Here are some photos of the affected areas. The swollen area on the top of the foot, between her toes is not hard, but firm & puffy. The darkened area on the pad, on the bottom of the foot, just below the middle toe, is where we took out the scab & it has healed. That area is now soft. All other darkened areas is dirt.


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  5. Bruster Rooster

    Bruster Rooster Just Hatched

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    Well no replies to give advice, so I took my pullet to a nearby Vet (not an avian Vet) who has a lot of knowledge of chickens & how to treat them. This vet also has her own chickens & treats them. As a matter of fact, with a little calling around, I found 2 regular Vets, who treat chickens. So, why drive over a hundred miles (for many of us) to see an Avian Vet & pay twice as much because they consider themselves as specialists.

    Anyone, who comes across this post & is interested in my experience with the Vet, can PM me
     
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2016

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