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Bumblefoot at the end of a toe?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Georgia Nana, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. Georgia Nana

    Georgia Nana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Kathleen, Georgia
    I have a Delaware hen whose toenail was torn a couple of weeks ago. We cleaned and dressed it for about a week, and it looked good, except that she still limped. We decided that was because of the toenail being an irritant. Tonight we clipped off the skin holding the toenail on, soaked, dressed and bandage it. I noticed swelling Underneath the toe with a tiny black spot. Should I be worried that this is infection?
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    It could be a staph infection (bumblefoot). The only time I saw it myself, I didn't treat it since opening the wound would have just been more trauma than it was worth, since there was no swelling or redness.

    There are some threads on bumblefoot (go out to your search engine like google, and type "backyardchickens bumblefoot surgery" to search if interested (BYC search doesn't work too well).

    It is a judgement call whether to clean it out or not. Most people I have noted do apply some sort of antibiotic ointment (no painkillers like "caine" in the ointment as they can be harmful to chickens I have read) when a chicken has a wound.

    Of course the thing you worry about is that an infection might spread up the leg and be fatal. This can happen with bumblefoot, but in terms of how severe it has to be for this to happen, I have no idea.
     
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2013
  3. Georgia Nana

    Georgia Nana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. I think that I will just watch it, continue treating the actual wound, and "play it by ear".
    Thanks again!
     

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