Bumblefoot or something else? Help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SweetJoy7, Jan 8, 2015.

  1. SweetJoy7

    SweetJoy7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello! Our 2 year-old New Hampshire Red, Mello, has very swollen feet. She has had swollen feet for about 6 months. We had treated her feet like they had bumblefoot. We gave her foot soaks with epsom salts or essential oils in the water. When that didn't work, we sprayed her feet with Veterycin and wrapped her feet every day or every few days. When that didn't work we went ahead and did surgery. There was a lot of white stringy substance in her foot. After a while, we noticed that her feet weren't better. We did another method of treating it. We removed the plug and applied Christopher's Black ointment and wrapped it up. we kept putting ointment on and wrapping it up for several days. We let her be for a few weeks. Yesterday I read something that a person did for her chicken that had bumblefoot. She removed the scab and applied antibiotic ointment. Then I realized that our chicken does not have a big, black scab on the bottom of her foot. Her feet are also very hard. They are not at all soft like another chicken of ours that has bumblefoot. Her whole foot is swollen hard. Toes, ankles, and bottom of her foot. It is so hard for her to walk. Does this sound like bumblefoot? I'm starting to think she has something else. Please help! Thank you. Jesus loves you! I will get a picture to you soon.
     
  2. hennible

    hennible Overrun With Chickens

    Only thing I can think of is arthritis, but I've never dealt with that myself. I just read about it on here, there are some great pictures somewhere on here of an eight-year-old chicken with arthritis maybe you could try finding them... Best of luck
     
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    There are a number of things that affect feet and legs in chickens. One disease called osteopetrosis or marble leg disease can cause hard swelling of the legs and feet. It is thought to be related to avian leukosis disease. Gout may also cause swelling of the feet. Mycoplasma synoviae (MS) is another disease that can cause swelling of the feet and leg joints. Here are a few links that might help:
    http://www.askjpc.org/vspo/show_page.php?id=242
    https://archaeozoo.wordpress.com/2007/12/03/know-your-pathology-avian-osteopetrosis/
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/diseaseinfo/99/mycoplasma-synoviae-infection-ms-infectious-synovitis
    http://en.engormix.com/MA-poultry-i.../avian-gout-causes-treatment-t1246/165-p0.htm

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  4. SweetJoy7

    SweetJoy7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you so much! She might have Gout. That picture does look like it. Thank you! I will read about it!
     
  5. SweetJoy7

    SweetJoy7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do you treat Gout?
     
  6. hennible

    hennible Overrun With Chickens

    You could give aspirin for pain. You will need to check dosage... People can be treated by changing diet I would guess you could probably treat it with diet in chickens... I think it's a buildup of uric acid in the body ( mainly joints ) anything that's hard on the liver can make it worse so like rancid foods or grains, and fatty foods.... Oddly a plant that can help lower the uric acid levels (in humans) is a stinging nettle... Add it to her food, Health food stores carry it as tea. Also black cherry juice is supposed to alleviate gout ( once again in humans) but maybe it could help. If you birds get a lot of treats ( Kitchen scraps ) I'd check out what make gout worse in people ( and odd one on that list is mushrooms )
    Of course I could be totally wrong... Brainstorming...
    Aspirin would help the pain
     

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