Bumblefoot question

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Sfraker, Sep 22, 2014.

  1. Sfraker

    Sfraker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my Welsh Harlequin girls started limping on Saturday when I let her out of her coop. I inspected her foot and leg and found a black scab about the size of a pea on the bottom of her foot that looks just like all the bumblefoot pics I have seen on this website. Her leg was not hot or swollen and there was very little swelling by the scab.

    I cleaned up her foot and removed the scab. Underneath it looked like nice healthy flesh, I took equine anatomy, care and health practicum in college so I feel fairly confident in that assessment. I squeezed but got nothing out of it. In reality I didn't expect to get anything out because it didn't look like anything was there. I put some Polysporin on and wrapped her foot. I kept her out of the water.

    Sunday I redid the wrap and added more polysporin. It already looks almost healed!!! She already has a fresh layer of healthy looking skin covering the wound. I'll keep wrapping it and medicating it for a few more days just to be safe. I can't tell if she is limping because of her foot or because of the wrap. Her limping is dramatically worse with the wrap on. [​IMG]

    I should have taken pictures but I didn't think of it since I was busy worrying about her and how to take care of her. I believe we caught it the first day it started bothering her. Each night I wind down my day by letting the ducks free range for 30 minutes or so while I follow behind to keep them safe. I am positive she was not limping Friday night when I tucked them in.

    Could I have caught it early and that is why there was no gunk in it? Should I have dug into it more? Or am I treating something that is not bumblefoot?

    Please reassure a worried duck mom!
     
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2014
  2. Firekin1

    Firekin1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She may have simply cut her foot. But, if she did have something in there there is also the possibility you got it out before it festered. If it's healing, keep doing what your doing...lol
     
  3. Sfraker

    Sfraker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    @Firekin1
    Thank you! They are all unhappy ducks as they only have water buckets to dunk their heads in. I took down the ramp to their pool.
    I told her that she better heal fast or they may kick her out of the flock so they can get their water back! With only 5 ducks I decided they could survive without their pool for a few days. It gives me a chance to really scrub it out well and let it air dry before refilling.
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