BumbleFoot question

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by carolinasculpture, Jun 29, 2016.

  1. carolinasculpture

    carolinasculpture Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi! Is this bumble Foot? Our BSL hen has thick round sections on her toes. Thought it was bumblefoot and brought her in for surgery. Soaked foot, removed scab, just red underneath, no puss. Do I need to dig further? Some of her other toes look odd, too, like her back toes are roundish at the nails, and the other foot had a buldge at the same place. Is this normal or all bumble foot? None of the other hens have bumblefoot ot toes shaped like this...
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    Packed the hole with triple antibiotics and wrapped, but not sure what else to do. She is not limping at all. Have her in a crate in the house for now.
    Thank you for your help!
     
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  2. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    bumble foot is usually in the middle of the bottom of the foot not the toe
     
  3. carolinasculpture

    carolinasculpture Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So this might just be the normal shape of her toes? They aren't hot or hard....
    She wants to go back outside, you think she is fine?
    Thank you!
     
  4. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    that is a bit swollen for a chicken toe, but i'd just put her back and check on the toe every day
     
  5. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    It looks like bumblefoot to me. Bumblefoot is a term used to describe a staph infection that found it's way into the foot by either a scrape, cut, etc. It can be in the middle of the pad, the toes, between the toes, basically anywhere affecting the foot. Since you found a noticeable scab, then I would first suspect Bumblefoot, opposed to something like Articular Gout.

    Give her foot a good soak in epsom salt or betadine water and see if you can find the core.

    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2011/07/bumblefoot-causes-treatment-warning.html
    http://www.poultrydvm.com/featured-infographic/understanding-bumblefoot-care
    Photos and how to
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/236649/bumblefoot-surgery-with-pics-and-how-to

    https://sites.google.com/a/poultrypedia.com/poultrypedia/poultry-podiatry
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/diseaseinfo/143/staphylococcosis-staphylococcal-arthritis-bumble-foot/
     
  6. carolinasculpture

    carolinasculpture Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you!
    We did soak and removed a regular looking scab. Just red under, the pad is not hot or hard. Do I need to dig in more? The same toe on the other foot is like this as well, but no scab... I don't think it looks right, but don't want to cut her foot if it isn't necessary.
     
  7. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    If you want to wait and see how it goes, then put her back out with the flock, she may benefit from a foot soak several times a week, this is a good way to monitor whether it's healing, getting worse, etc.
     
  8. carolinasculpture

    carolinasculpture Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just felt all around, can't feel anything hard. Will put her back and check her every day or every other day. The lack of a black scab has me wondering, but I don't like the swollen look.
    Thanks again!
     
  9. KimPahl

    KimPahl Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey guys,

    This is the most recent post on bumblefoot here so I hope it's ok to post here w/ my question. Thanks for any help!

    I noticed about 1 week ago our hen had a bump in between two of her toes. I assumed it was bumblefoot. She was not limping at all and acting normal. An inspection of the bottom of her feet revealed the usual bumblefoot scab in the center of BOTH feet. Only 1 of them had a bump in between the toes, the other foot just had the scab but otherwise looked fine.

    We followed instructions on the link below for removing the scabs etc. For both feet there was very little puss or anything that came out even though we squeezed, etc. On the foot w/ the bump between the toes, I was unsure if I got the entire scab off. It was difficult to tell and I didn't want to take too much off. I did the best I could and wrapped her up. Her feet have been wrapped for about the last week and we've changed the bandages every 2 days. Yesterday when we changed them I inspected the scabs. On the one foot w/o the bump between the toes, it just looks the same as it did before -- a scab but no swelling or anything. I assume it's healing?? Not sure. The scab looks the same to me as it did before I removed it. On the other foot w/ the bump between the toes (pictured here), the bump is still there between the toes -- it hasn't gone down or gotten worse. Looks the same. But when I pressed on the scab some of it felt hard underneath and I know the puss will actually start to turn into a hard mass. I am thinking I need to go back in and remove the scab, etc again. What do you guys think? Do I need to lance the bump between her toes? This is the first time we've had to do this. Thanks!

    http://www.hobbyfarms.com/how-to-treat-bumblefoot-in-chickens-3/

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  10. chickengr

    chickengr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you got it early. don't cut it more. just watch her and leave her alone.
     

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