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BUMBLEFOOT Surgery, HOW-TO and causes of bumblefoot **GRAPHIC PHOTOS**

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ADozenGirlz, Sep 15, 2010.

  1. ADozenGirlz

    ADozenGirlz The Chicken Chick[IMG]emojione/assets/png/00ae.png

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    **UPDATE** I wrote a blog post on Bumblefoot, the causes and treatment, which can be found here: http://networkedblogs.com/iwh79 It contains graphic surgical photos, so be forewarned. I hope you never need it, but if you do, I hope it helps.

    And here is the companion YouTube video that I made by request to show how to bandage a chicken's foot after the surgery:




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    FIRST we read the information in this hugely helpful thread on bumblefoot surgery by ruth: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=236649 )

    Then we performed our first surgery on our bantam Cochin Frizzle, Phoebe. It's bad enough she's going through a ghastly molt, to have to suffer this added indignity seems truly unfair.
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    This was Phoebe 11 days ago, you can see the left toe but no obvious swelling:
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    I noticed that the top her left toe was very swollen today and there was a circular lesion on the pad of her foot. While the telltale black spot was absent, we think it is because we caught it early. Phoebe is a bantam Cochin Frizzle and her tiny parts were tricky to work on. We did remove the "kernel" looking thing inside but did not get too much after that. We bandaged her up as in the post above and are letting her rest in a crate inside for the night as she was wet and it's a little chilly out tonight.

    The offending pad and circular lesion:
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    The top of the swollen toe:
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    Cutting the circle around the lesion with a new, sterilized blade:
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    After having removed the crusty lesion:
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    We didn't have to do too much digging to get to the hard, "kernel"/aka: "plug" that is described in the post above and it came out easily:
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    The "kernel"/"plug":
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    It's always recommended that you wear the appropriate attire to perform surgery on your chickens. (and this was the last I saw of my husband before he had to go sit down on the couch for a while, looking a little, um...pale):
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  2. silkieluver_07

    silkieluver_07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    And sterilize your sink after all this is overwith! [​IMG]

    Yep that is the plug, and you don't have to do anymore squeezing out that gunk! Your chicken thank you for it!
     
  4. ADozenGirlz

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    Quote:Oh, puh-leeeaze. I bleached it before AND after. And I'm sure I'll do it again tomorrow. Soooo yucky!
     
  5. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

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    Well, I didnt read graphic So i just lost my appetite [​IMG] Guess i need to pay more attention LOL.

    Goodjob with your surgery she is lucky to have you!!! You should be proud
     
  6. geebs

    geebs Lovin' the Lowriders!

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    Great shirt!!! I want one!!
     
  7. dawg53

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    Superb job!!!
     
  8. ADozenGirlz

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    Quote:Sorry about that. I made the diagnosis, did the research, gathered the supplies and then asked my husband to to the deed. I had to take over when he started to feel unwell though. It's definitely not a job for sissies, that's for sure!
     
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  9. ADozenGirlz

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    Well, today I'm a little concerned about this red streak that's going up her leg. I'm worried about infection although the incision site looks clean today. We soaked and re-bandaged her foot tonight and there was no discharge or blood on the gauze from last night.

    Should we be trying to dig deeper into the infected area to try to see if there is more gunk in there or just leave it alone? It's hard to know whether we got all of it or not. I just don't like the angry looking red streak. How soon should the swelling go down after performing the surgery? I worry.

    Here's what we saw tonight:
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    I think the incision site looks great but is there more underneath the wound to be removed?
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  10. sharol

    sharol Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That red streak is also there in the first picture of the top of her foot (pre-surgery). Maybe it is residual from before the surgery?? I don't know much about this, so it is just a shot in the dark.
     

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