Bumblefoot - Desperate


Jul 16, 2021
Hi, y'all, I'm desperate for help with a bumblefoot issue in my duck's foot. I've been fighting this for nearly 2 years now. Whenever I get the infection cleared up and stop treatment, it comes roaring back! The last time, I noticed that before the dark bumble showed back up on his foot pad, his foot pad turned splotchy red. I've now gotten the bumble all cleared up again and am afraid to put him and his bestie back into the outside play yard where they are supposed to live. Right now they are in a pen in the garage while the one is being treated. Please help! Thank you!

Birdie mom

Mar 27, 2020
Carlisle PA (But my chicks are in NC)
Happy late "Welcome to the BYC"!

Do you put anything on his foot after you finish surgery?
I believe there are antibiotics you can give for bumblefoot. I'm not sure what they are called, but I bet you could find something.
Hopefully someone else will chime in with better advice


Aug 19, 2020
Kitsap, WA
Being a duck, does the foot get wet after you've treated it? Do you bandage and keep him/her out of the water or puddles? How do you treat it? Can make a huge difference. Are there objects in the run which could poke/injure the feet? I only recently have had bumblefoot experience with my chickens, but believe they are treated the same way. I recently bought vet wrap, telfa pads, EMF gel, and hydrocolloid spray for skin wound cleaning (Veterycin). Also used duct tape to keep them from taking the wrap off. There may be videos on YouTube for how to wrap a duck's foot. Good luck.

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