My experience has been that bumblefoot can be prevented. My veterinarian made some husbandry recommendations for me to follow, and since doing so I have had no bumblefoot. Previously I had it all the time.I am a learning duck owner, I see a lot of bumble foot problems for ducks and I was wondering if there is any preventative care that I can provide? Does anyone do anything with "antibacterial anything" to prevent it from happening?
That’s really awesome! I, too use about 4” of straw in my barn, and whatever hay my goats don’t deem worthy of eating. lol. I tend to clean up half my barn every 2-3 days, but I have 43 ducks. My ducks are free range during the day on our farm, and I do wish I could keep them from getting hurt, but, I had a child who was sickly in his young years and was prevented from a lot of activities. That kid wanted soo bad to be out with the other kids, and it broke my heart. Since then, I have tried to, within limits, ET him, and my animals experience life to the fullest. So, I think you are so lucky to have had no instances of Bumblefoot, but, I think we’re not so bad here.My experience has been that bumblefoot can be prevented. My veterinarian made some husbandry recommendations for me to follow, and since doing so I have had no bumblefoot. Previously I had it all the time.
She recommended using only hay or straw in their coop/sleeping room - and quite a thick layer of it. About 4 inches. Outside she told me to have only dirt or grass.
The hay/straw does need frequent weekly changing. If I don't it gets moldy. It is harder to spot clean than the aspen or pine bedding I was using previously. The extras work is worth it to me. The bumbles were painful to to my ducks.
She was thinking about having my ducks on sand, but was worried they might eat it and become impacted. So that might be an option for bumblefoot relief, too. I know some people here use it without a problem. I'd like to try, but I'm scared of impaction.
I do take my ducks on walks daily where they hop all over all kinds of boards, cinder blocks, and gravel. But we do mostly stay on the lawn or in the garden. Mostly because that's where they like to forage and I like to hang out.
No bumbles for 3 years.
That is very interesting! And yes, we do have pink eye here. And bumble foot. Very interesting!I'm beginning to think bummblefoot has much to do with stafylococcus.
Since we don't encounter it here. Besides from certain breeds-lines brought in. It's really rare. Never met anyone with an duck with bumblefeet. Chickens/pidgeons maybe 2-3 breeders. Rats, hamster and guinea pigs, also never.
Humans though; have certain stafylococcus virusses here. Especially revolving around acne. The kind where a pimple opens; it effect their own skin and creates more. And every slight damage/ingrown hair becomes acne. Because of the stafylococcus that they heriditary carry and infects themselves (and only themselves).
Just like pnk-eye; never met anyone in my life with it (but according to US highschool movies it's something that excists?), but we do get our share of mouth-herpes.
If that's the case; you can't do anything about it.
You can only do só much to prevent them to get bumps/scratches. Not getting any is impossible. Treat wounds. But also; out-breed it. It's inhumane to do that with humans..but as a breeder you can.
Sorry, didn't want to take over your post. It was just the 10000th bumblefoot post; and on all Dutch and German fowl-forums it's not a thing? Our ducks aren't treated any different. So just like pink-eye; it just must not be here. But unlike pink-eye, which is an viral bacterial infection; stafylococcus is more heritary. It must be that; if it was viral bacterial ALL of your ducks/hens got is simoultainilisouly.That is very interesting! And yes, we do have pink eye here. And bumble foot. Very interesting!