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Bumblefoot advice

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Downton chicks, Jan 7, 2015.

  1. Downton chicks

    Downton chicks In the Brooder

    Jul 27, 2014
    Sylva NC
    I have a Wellsommer that has bumblefoot on both feet...my question is this- should i do both feet at one time or one now, one later?
  2. katelk

    katelk Songster

    May 6, 2013
    White Bluff, TN
    You could do both if you want. How bad is it?
    If it's not horrible, I have had a lot of luck simply using a scalpel to slice a little slit down the side of the scab and rubbing Vetericyn VF into the hole, then soaking a thick bit of gauze in the Vetericyn and wrapping with vet wrap. I have never had to actually take a plug out of their foot like the surgery says.
    One of my Roos had it on both feet pretty bad (but not limping) and I wanted to wait to do the surgery after the poor guy finished molting. I went to get him for surgery the other day and was surprised to discover his feet were nearly completely healed on their own. Didn't even need anything done!
  3. RavenClawPekin6

    RavenClawPekin6 Chirping

    Jan 5, 2015
    Kilkenny, Ireland
    Sometimes it's caused by sharp items sticking into their feet. To prevent this, try keeping the coop free of sharp edges or stones.
  4. katelk

    katelk Songster

    May 6, 2013
    White Bluff, TN
    True. Every once in awhile it's good to rake their area free of rocks, sticks, poop, etc.
    it can also be caused by having their roosts too high up. They shouldn't have to jump more than 1-2 feet from roost to ground.

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