Seems like when it rains it pours. Three years and hardly any health problems, but we now have the third in one month. My black rooster has been walking with a slight limp for almost two weeks. I though that he had bruised or twisted his leg and that he would be alright shortly. Not so. A BYC member, jeb251, was visiting today, saw the rooster walking and said, "I bet it's bumblefoot." I'd heard the term, but I didn't have an inkling of what it meant. jeb251 picked up and showed me a small circle on the foot's pad; that was the core that had to be cut out with a small, super-sharp blade and tweezers. We got the blade, tweezers, paper towels for blood, tube of triple antibiotic ointment, gauze, and tape ready. jeb251 did the operation, starting with cutting around the obvious round core, then cutting deeper and deeper removing all infected tissue. When he was done he applied a lot of the triple antibiotic ointment, wrapped the foot with gauze, and taped it all down. I have to remove the bandaging and replace it every other day for two weeks. I put the rooster in the barn in a 4x8 compartment by himself until he's healed. He's on soft wood chips to make it easier to walk 24/7. Thanks again, jeb251, if you're reading this.